A number of students, staff and faculty came out to sample Kurdish food and culture at Southeast Community College's Lincoln Campus. Rows of authentic food lined tables, as the line stretched around the hallway. Samplings included biryani, kubba, dolma, kofta and flatbread.
Bakhshan Abdulla is a second-year student at SCC. She left northern Iraq six years ago. She was excited to see the high turnout at the event, and enjoys teaching others about her culture.
"I feel so happy that there are so many people here," she said. "Our goal is to show Americans our culture, our food and our dance. Many people don't know much about the Kurdish culture."
Abdulla says there are many Kurds living in the Lincoln area. They are mainly Islamic people from eastern Turkey, northern Iraq, western Iran and eastern Syria. Many were driven out of their homes and forced to become refugees.
The event was organized by the Kurdish Community Organization and the office of Access, Equity and Diversity.