TALES OF COURAGE: From street boy to UN diplomat - Daily Nation

From street boy to United Nations diplomat

Thursday February 1 2018

Peter Chege , 69, once lived in the streets of Nairobi but rose to become a UN diplomat. PHOTO| COURTESY

Peter Chege , 69, once lived in the streets of Nairobi but rose to become a UN diplomat. PHOTO| COURTESY 

By MILLICENT MWOLOLO
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Peter Chege was 17 when he ran away from home after a disagreement with this father.

“That was in 1965. As a teenager from the village, I was looking forward to that comfortable city life, away from herding livestock and tilling the farms in Kianyingi, Murang'a County.”

Life in the city was good for a short while but little did he know what fate had in store for him.

"I had never seen so many cars, multi-storey houses and so many busy people as I found on my arrival in the city of Nairobi in 1965. I faced my new surroundings with apprehension and uncertainty."

Initially, he stayed for a short while with his sister Jacinta and her husband at Shauri Moyo Estate.

“My brother-in-law paid for my school fees to join Form One at the Pan Africa High School. I later joined my mother in Eastleigh where she was living. After a disagreement with my father, she had also run away to the city. Life became hard when she gave birth and lost her casual job.”  

His mother was the sole breadwinner.

"Basic food became a rare commodity in the house and I had to walk long distances to and from Eastleigh to go to school bare foot on the hot tarmac roads. Things became so bad that I spent the

10am school break-time begging for money from motorists in the parking lot next to th