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My Barking: Fishmonger Zakaria Abderraziq on his ‘sweet and sour’ borough

PUBLISHED: 17:00 02 November 2018

Luke Acton

Fishmonger Zakaria Abderraziq, 49, has sold fish at Barking Market for six years

What’s your connection with the borough?

I just work here. [I’ve been working here] for about six years.

What’s the best thing about working in Barking?

The environment, the community, the multiculturalism that’s going on in this market – you don’t see just one race, you see all the races.

Because I was brought up in Barking I know a lot of people. I know everybody in Barking, especially the older generation, my generation.

What’s one thing you would change?

I would put up more cameras [and] we need more police. It’s a rough area.

Over here at the market there are always fights, thieves and stealing. I’ve caught a few but there’s too many.

Now I don’t get involved because [people have told me not to break up] fights, to stay out of it because somebody will stab me.

Use three words to describe the area.

Sweet and sour.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

My dad, Mostafa. He made me who am. [He taught me] to be nice to people, to love.

If you were the prime minister, what law would you introduce?

I’d look after the poor people. I don’t think this country looks after the poor people, they look after people who’ve got money.

We need money to solve it, money and education.

And don’t milk them too much through taxes.

If you were the editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?

Education, less violence on telly and educating people about food. We are losing this country because there are no good leaders.

I sell fish. There is farmed fish and wild fish. If you go to all the other shops it’s all frozen.

We’ve got to educate people how to eat properly. When you’re not healthy, it’s another one on the wheelchair. It’s all to do with education.

Talk about food, nutrition, what you are supposed to eat, what you’re not supposed to eat.

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