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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