Zanzibar — IN an effort to increase awareness on child protection, travellers information kits distributed at Zanzibar International airport will from now have a message reminding travellers' that child abuse of any sort is punishable.
The travellers' information kits will include a highlighted message reading; 'Child abuse is punishable by law in Zanzibar, perpetrators will be prosecuted' are to be circulated by the Immigration department.
Thanks to the 'Save the Children International' 100,000 information kits were made at the cost of about 8.5m/-.
The event, which coincided with bidding farewell to Mr Mubarak Mamman, the outgoing Representative of Save the Children Fund in Zanzibar, at the Immigration building, Kilimani.
Ms Mali Nelson who is taking over from Mr Mamman said that war against child abuse needs concerted efforts alongside increased awareness.
"We need to work under-one umbrella to protect children," she said. Assistant Immigration commissioner- Zanzibar Mr George Jacob Kaswende thanked Save the Children for the information kits, promising that the Immigration department will play its part to combat child abuse on the Isles.
"We are also planning to carry out an awareness campaign through workshops and involve our staff at airport and seaport," George said.
Zanzibar in collaboration with development partners and international activist is intensifying its campaign against child abuse.
Statistics from police and ministry responsible for children and women confirm reported cases of child abuse including rape, beating, defilement, abandonment and child marriages.