Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Words From a New American

My friend, Josepha, gave this speech at her Naturalization Ceremony.  
Mom is Lady Jane; Aunt Suzi is me.
We are family.

Congratulations to everyone!!

I thank God for everything He did for all of us here, for my family.

I thank the people of the United States who welcomed my family into safety,  hope and freedom of America.

Especially I thank my Mom!!
Mom – thank you for - Your empathy Your love Your patience with me
Your support in different waysMay God bless you. I love you.

Thank you, Aunt Suzi for all your support in rebuilding my family’s lives.

Thank you, Amy, for accepting my friendship.

I thank you all staff at International Rescue Committee who welcomed my family at airport. When I came here, I knew nobody. They helped my family to start a new life in a new country.

I am very happy today.

I lost -
My country My family
My friends

Today I have -
A country I have a family I have friends

(Cue applause and tears)


  1. How anyone would stand in the way of something so brave and pure is beyond me. SO PROUD OF YOU AND JANE. Love. Love LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE.


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