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Inaam Barakat OAM

Supporting and empowering disadvantaged people is what has driven Inaam Barakat OAM in her community work with refugees, asylum seekers and many others over the years.  

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“Enabling others to achieve their dreams and aspirations, and witnessing the positive outcomes for individuals and their communities is rewarding,” she says. 

“I feel extremely honoured and fortunate to be recognised through the Order of Australia.”  

“My passion for social justice, a fair go, humanitarianism and contributing positively to my wonderful country Australia is my motivation.” 

“The more I worked with my passion, the more passionate I got. And it was extremely rewarding. Each time I was challenged.” 

While it’s impossible to thank all of the people and organisations who have supported Ms Barakat’s work, she did particularly express thanks to Ms Dalal Smiley, her children Angie, James and Daniel, as well as close family and friends.  

“I am grateful that they always have believed in my commitment and passion to help others.” 

Ms Barakat also wanted to thank those responsible for her recognition in the Order of Australia. “I feel honoured, privileged and humbled ... really I'm now rewarded more, and my work was (already) very rewarding. It makes me feel very proud.” 

“This country gave us a great opportunity. I was a young woman when I migrated with my family and I'll do anything to protect my country.”