Han Zhao

News Volunteer

Han Zhao is a second year Global Studies graduate student at Missouri State University, with an undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism. Han also teaches Media & Society at MSU. She has a strong interest in international politics and enjoys localizing international stories in the Ozarks. Her career goal is to become an international correspondent.

Refugees of Congolese War Navigate Life After Trauma

May 30, 2017
KSMU

In the crowded lobby of Life 360 Church in Springfield, Esther Faida, a 28-year-old Congolese refugee, is keeping an eye on her young daughter.

Esther’s journey to the Ozarks started in a war zone. 

A former seamstress, she lived and worked in the capital city of South Kivu, where the conflict between ethnic and rebel groups has forced entire communities from their homes.

Esther, her husband and two small children had been living in war zone since 1998. Bloodshed, fear and instability became routine.

Ryan Welch / KSMU

Nearly 17 percent of Greene County students grades six-12 considered attempting suicide within the past year. That’s according to a student survey conducted by Missouri Department of Mental Health.

And officials say the threat of suicide has been on the rise.

Ken McClure
Ryan Welch / KSMU

Ken McClure says he’s looking forward to working with his fellow council members and their collective constituents after winning the race for Springfield mayor Tuesday.

With 97 percent of precincts reporting as of early Wednesday, McClure held a 35 point lead over his opponent, Kristi Fulnecky. The two general seat incumbents both came to City Council in 2015. McClure says the first thing he’ll be focusing on as mayor is filling the vacancy created by his victory.

DAPL
Han Zhao / KSMU

As protests continue near the proposed route of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, a small group in Springfield is sharing in the opposition.

About 20 people gathering outside of the US Bank branch on East Kearney Street Saturday, one of many financial entities described as a potential lender to companies working on the pipeline.

Han Zhao

Around 100 people lined the sidewalks at National and Sunshine this morning chanting “No hate no fear, refugees are welcomed here” and “No ban.  No Wall.”  The protest, hosted by Springfield Welcome Home, was organized after President Donald Trump issued an executive order instituting a temporary ban on entry into the U.S. of citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.

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