Author: JMC Mosaic

Trauma often follows refugees to a new life

By Justin Perkins For a time, Saw Ner Clay seemed to have lost everything he worked for in America. After arriving in the U.S. in 2008, his family moved to Nebraska and began to rebuild their lives. They connected with the Karen community in Omaha, and Clay—having worked as a pastor in Thailand—got a position as a pastor at the Karen Christian Revival Church. However, just after moving to their new apartment, the entire building burned down. They lost everything, including the clothes and family valuables they had carried all the way from Burma. Two weeks later, while living...

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Refugees’ journey: a long, difficult process

By Robby Korth and Preston Thiemann Ishmael Khro was born in northern Iraq. When asked, however, he will explain that he’s really from Lincoln. Khro, who felt threatened in Iraq because of his minority status as a Yazidi and because he had worked as an interpreter for the U.S. Army during the Iraq War is one of about 270 refugees who arrived in Lincoln this year, fleeing the persecution and violence of their home countries for the relative safety of the United States. The number of refugees coming into the United States and Nebraska fluctuates from year to year....

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