BOISE -- Downtown Boise was just one spot around the globe that celebrated World Refuge Day on Saturday.
The celebration drew hundreds and featured dancing, food and crafts from around the world, since these refugees have come from around the world. The highlight of the day was a naturalization ceremony.
"To me, it's an honor," said Robert Ntirushwa, who was the master of ceremonies.
He fled his home country of Rwanda and has been in the U.S. just less than a year. "My country was not peaceful enough for me to go back."
The feature event was thanks to the bravery of 19 refugees.
"They're really excited about it," said Kara Fink, the communications specialist for the Idaho Office for Refugees. "A lot of people have family in town for it. It's a big celebration. It's something they've been working for for at least five years, so it's a big day."
They survived genocide, persecution and war to find themselves in the U.S. Then, they worked for years to be able to raise their hand and take the citizenship oath.
"It's overwhelming to think at last, I am an American," said Dr. Vincent Muli Wa Kituku.
A native of Kenya, Dr. Kituku is a best-selling author, sought-after public speaker and now an American citizen. "For me, it's really humbling to be part of a great community and to live in America. To live in a country so free, whereby you are only limited by your own potential. You can be anything you want in America."
According to the United Nations, there are over 43.7 million refugees and internally displaced people around the world.