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    Abdi Nor Iftin becomes an American - Ben McCanna/Staff Photographer | of | Share this photo

    More than anything, Abdi Nor Iftin has wanted to be able to call himself an American. On Friday, that dream came true when he officially became a citizen at a naturalization ceremony in Portland.

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    Abdi Nor Iftin puts on his suit jacket before tucking his red, white and blue-starred tie into his vest on Friday morning before the naturalization ceremony in Portland where he earned his U.S. citizenship.

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    He prepares for his naturalization ceremony at his host home in Yarmouth.

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    Abdi Nor Iftin's long and harrowing journey from Somalia and Kenya to Maine has been well documented both by a famous "This American Life" episode and in a book he wrote that came out two years ago. He is now a citizen.

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    Abdi Nor Iftin reads the Pledge of Allegiance during a Naturalization Ceremony on Friday at Ocean Gateway.

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    Abdi Nor Iftin becomes an American - Ben McCanna/Staff Photographer | of | Share this photo

    More than anything, Abdi Nor Iftin has wanted to be able to call himself an American.

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    Abdi Nor Iftin becomes an American - Ben McCanna/Staff Photographer | of | Share this photo

    On Friday, Abdi Nor Often officially became a citizen.

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    Abdi Nor Iftin registers to vote immediately after earning his citizenship.

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    Newly naturalized, Abdi Nor Iftin applauds at the commencement of the ceremony that made him a citizen.

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    A Certificate of Citizenship sits on Abdi Nor Iftin's lap Friday.

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    Abdi Nor Iftin poses for a portrait with his host family after a naturalization ceremony. He is with, from right, Sharon McDonnell, Gib Parrish and Natalya McDonnell.

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    Abdi Nor Iftin wears an American flag pin on his jacket lapel as he prepares for his naturalization ceremony on Friday morning.

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