Tanzanian Abu Bakar is the latest young person to sign the 33Fifty Baton Book. At a reception held by the British High Commissioner H.E. in Dar es Salaam on Saturday 18 January 2014, 15-year-old Abu spoke about the violence he has witnessed against children and the need for more awareness in communities. As a member of the Temeke children’s council, Abu and his peers have done a lot of work to educate parents on the importance of protecting children against violence. Abu Bakar is a child advocate for UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund which works for children's rights, survival, development and protection.
This was his message to Commonwealth citizens and to the participants of 33Fifty: "I urge the Commonwealth to use its power to end violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of children across the world and especially in Africa! All children have the rights to be protected from all forms of violence and must be given a platform to speak and air out their views. If children are cared for and protected , they will grow up and become good citizens of their countries."
Tanzania is nation 29 of 70 Commonwealth nations and territories to be visited by the Queen’s Baton. Follow the journey of the Queen's Baton Relay here!