Sudanese Population Growing in Grand Island

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A growing Sudanese population in Grand Island is asking for the city's help.

About 450 Sudanese refugees call Grand Island home, and they are now asking the city's assistance in overcoming language and cultural differences.

Many Sudanese have fled their homeland because of an ongoing civil war and religious persecution. Grand Island residents Gatlauk Othnawang and William Riek say language barriers, transportation, and affordable housing are the biggest problems they face.

The Community Humanitarian Resource Center is helping out by providing grant money for housing assistance and nutrition guidance. But many Sudanese have moved to Omaha to take advantage of English classes. Riek also says there are more jobs and housing available in Omaha.