Napo Kpandja, 35, came from Huntsville, Ala, with his wife and daughter to be naturalized during World Refugee Day in Clarkston June 20.
“It is a powerful experience,” said Kpandja, who was born in the Togolese Republic. “Anybody from a foreign country who comes to the United States and becomes a citizen, [fulfills] a huge accomplishment.
“To become a citizen, I think, is the most important accomplishment that I have achieved so far,” said Kpandja, who has been living in the United States for eight years.
Several refugee resettlement and services groups from around the state joined together to celebrate World Refugee Day 2012 at the Clarkston Community Center.
Activities including outdoor games, a resource fair, lunch, ethnic music and dances, a fashion show and a naturalization ceremony highlighted the contributions of refugees in Georgia.
“It’s a bringing together of the two factions, which are