Author: Nebraska Mosaic

Healing Ways: Finding hope and help for New Americans who are hurting

Artwork by Alexa Horn When refugees come to Nebraska, they have fled traumas — war, torture, genocide, persecution, imprisonment. Many experienced equally traumatic journeys in their search of safety. Yet their first priority in their new country is to meet an urgent deadline: Becoming self-sufficient in 90 days in an often perplexing place where they don’t understand the language, culture or bureaucracy. The clock starts ticking the moment they arrive. Because of the traumas that forced them from their homes, their often perilous journeys to safety and the stresses of being resettled in a foreign country, refugees often are at...

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Refuge on the Prairie: Lincoln’s story of resettlement

President Donald Trump’s executive orders that suspended immigration earlier this year brought worldwide attention to the plight of refugees and immigrants. Lincoln, Nebraska, has a long history of offering refugees a new home, so students in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Nebraska Mosaic journalism course created this seven-part series to examine the city’s role in the resettlement of the world’s refugees. Save Save Save Refuge on the...

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Help us tell the story of refugee resettlement in Lincoln and Nebraska

In light of the attention on refugees brought about by President Trump’s executive orders, students in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Mosaic journalism class are seeking public input to tell a richer and broader story about the role of Lincoln and the state of Nebraska in the resettlement of refugees. We’d like to hear from you and publish your comments. Do you support or oppose the ban? Share your opinion here. Are you a refugee living in Nebraska? Share your story here. Do you have a story of friendship to share? Over the course of the state’s history of refugee...

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Lincoln Unites! festival seeks to bring people together and share cultures

By Allan Christensen A festival next week celebrating Lincoln’s diversity couldn’t come at a better time, organizers say. “In this time when the national rhetoric has been very divisive, an opportunity to really come together and meet somebody else and hear their story is really the way to break down some of those fears,” said Christa Yoakum, one of the organizers. The second annual Lincoln Unites! will be held on Saturday, April 29, at the Tower Square, 13th and P streets, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Its attractions include dancers, music, food trucks and an art show.  The...

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