The following is a speech by Steve Minnikin. Queensland Parliament, 2nd August 2012.
I am pleased to rise to pay homage to a truly remarkable young woman with an inspirational story who is residing in the Chatsworth electorate. She is someone from whom all Australians can learn. I recently had the privilege of meeting Sarah Jambia, a resident of Carina and a refugee from the West African nation of Sierra Leone. Sarah, her mother and three siblings arrived in Australia in August 2009, leaving behind the turmoil and war of the nation’s capital, Freetown, one of the most violent cities on the planet. They left behind a life of fear, witnessing social atrocities like assault, rape and the hacking off of hands and feet. Tragically, Sarah also saw her father shot right in front of her eyes. I really cannot imagine what life must have been like for Sarah and her family living in this state of civil unrest and for the millions of Sierra Leoneans still there today.