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University of Canberra awards doctor Jamal Rifi honorary doctorate for stance against ISIS
by Clare Sibthorpe
He's endured a brutal civil war, learned two languages to chase his passion and received death threats from Islamic State... Sydney GPJamal Rifi was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at the University of Canberra's graduation ceremonies at Parliament House on Thursday.
Dr Rifi dreamt of becoming a doctor at seven years old when his baby brother died. Desperate to escape the Lebanese Civil War, he moved to Romania, the only country where he could get a visa.
He quickly learned Romanian and studied medicine over three years. But while his mind was buried in books, his heart was elsewhere. He'd fallen in love with a Lebanese girl from Australia, Lana, whom he'd met years earlier when she visited family in Lebanon.
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