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Young Tanzanian campaigners taking over DFID's social media

Tanzanian campaigners Frank and Mwajuma are editing DFID's social media for a day and taking your questions.

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Mwajuma, 17, with her grandmother

17 year old Mwajuma with her grandmother in Tanzania. Mwajuma is a passionate campaigner against malnutrition and hunger. Picture: Sala Lewis/Save the Children

Tomorrow, DFID’s social media will be taken over by young Tanzanian campaigners Frank and Mwajuma. We’ll be giving them the chance to speak their minds and you the chance to ask any question you like for just one day. We’re doing this to help Frank and Mwajuma to bring attention to the topic of nutrition.

Nutrition is an important subject for Frank and Mwajuma. They’ve come all the way to London to hear world leaders speak about the issue at this weekend’s event Nutrition for Growth: Beating Hunger through Business and Science. They both have a personal understanding of malnutrition and hunger - Mwajuma was orphaned from a young age and lives with her grandmother and 13 other siblings. She knows from experience what it’s like to go hungry and is often forced to skip meals because they don’t have enough resources. She’s a passionate young campaigner – determined to speak up for those who suffer from malnutrition and determined to work hard so that in the future she can help her family. Her fellow Tanzanian Frank is also a campaigner and journalist from Dar Es Salaam who grew up seriously malnourished and susceptible to disease. Now he addresses governments and world leaders on the issue, including last year when he visited the UK as a Save the Children Ambassador for the Hunger Summit.

It pains me that we lose our future leaders, our future engineers and doctors to malnutrition… I will use this opportunity to fight hunger. I believe together we can.

– Mwajuma, 17

Tomorrow is your chance to talk to Frank and Mwajuma and ask them what they want from world leaders, from this month’s G8 and from their lives in the future. Submit your questions through Twitter using the hashtag #AskFandM.

Published 5 June 2013