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Lifelong Refugee Finally Has a Country to Call His Own

Awadh Alsrya says he has two birthdays. "One, when I was born in Iraq, and the July 4th is my second birthday.” Born to Palestinian refugee parents in Iraq, Alsrya has never been a citizen anywhere. But on American Independence Day, he took the oath of citizenship along with his two youngest sons and 80 others, at a national historic landmark in Charlottesville, Virginia. The lifelong refugee from a war that happened a decade before he was born finally had a county to call his...

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