This is Morris Mwenda story. One of the four boys Homeless of Nairobi – HON took off the streets on Sunday. He’s suffered a lot but that hasn’t dulled his shine. The boy is incredibly bright and one of the most articulate and unique homeless kids to ever come across.
This is his interview with Homeless of Nairobi.
HON: “What’s your name?”
Morris: “I am called Morris.”
HON: “How old are you Morris?”
Morris: “I’m 15 years old.”
HON: “And how long have you been on the streets?”
Morris: “I’ve been on the streets for one year now.”
HON: “And how did you come to be on the streets?”
Morris: “I suffered from family discrimination. They did not want me and fought a lot. My father was a polygamist and a drunkard.”
HON: “So you left home?”
HON: “Your English is very good. Did you go to school?”
Morris: “Yes, I studied until standard 8. I was very bright in school. They called me illuminati because I was very bright.”
HON: “Illuminati, haha that’s a funny name.”
Morris: “Yes it is.”
HON: “So this year, what have your experiences been on the streets?”
Morris: “I have seen a lot. They call me a chokora but I am not a chokora. The city county askaris beat us and the police chase us. One boy was caught for nothing and the plain clothes police threw him off a flyover in town!”
HON: “They threw him off? Did he survive?”
Morris: “Yes but his legs were broken.”
HON: “Oh wow!”
Morris: “A lot of people also come to us and tell us they want to help us. They take our pictures and go away and never come back. They use our pictures to make money for themselves.”
HON: “I hope you know we are not like that.”
Morris: “I don’t know yet.”
Now that he’s off the streets, he needs an opportunity to go to school and that is what he needs to be provided with. He needs another shot at life.
See the video below.
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Just like many other street boys even here in Kisumu, Morris’s story is one of inspiration and what the society needs to do to invest in its children. Many of the kids we’ve interacted with also have a similar story, and they would all want an opportunity in life. Go to school, record songs, be integrated among the other members of the society.
It is our duty to clothe them, house them, support them, educate them.