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A second chance at life

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The War in Darfur began in February 2003 and Ibrahim was forced to flee Sudan 10 months later. He sought refuge in Malta, an island in the Mediterranean Sea, where waited for eight years, attending school and learning English, hoping one day he would be able to rebuild his life in a permanent home. Ibrahim was approved for resettlement in 2011, and was welcomed to the United States by the IRC in Atlanta in April 2012. He quickly achieved self-sufficiency and was able to integrate and thrive in his new home.

Ibrahim with his Immigration Caseworker, Oreva Aki.
Ibrahim with his Immigration Caseworker, Oreva Aki. Photo: IRC Atlanta

In early 2017, Ibrahim attended the IRC in Atlanta’s Citizenship Workshop to apply for naturalization, after five years of living and working in the U.S. His application was ultimately successful, and on December 1 he took the Oath of Allegiance and was sworn in as an American citizen.

Although he’s only been a citizen for a couple of months, Ibrahim is very comfortable and happy with his “new life”. “I am extremely grateful to the United States for being given a second chance to live in this country and start my life all over again,” he said to his Immigration Caseworker, Oreva Aki.

Immediately after his oath ceremony he applied for a U.S. passport and is excited to start his new life as an American. Ibrahim is very thankful for the IRC and the services that we have provided him over the past five years. He hopes to open his own truck driving business and CDL training school in the future.

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