Peter Martell is a British journalist. He grew up on a sheep farm in Northumberland, and began working as a newspaper reporter in Scotland. In 2005, he stuffed a rucksack and headed to Zimbabwe to learn how to string as a foreign correspondent. Since then, he has reported from more than a dozen countries across Africa and the Middle East.
Peter made up half the international press corps as the last BBC reporter based in Eritrea, then ranked worst in world for press freedom, and from where he was predictably expelled. Home has also included Yemen, Egypt and Kenya. He reported from South Sudan for over a decade, including as the BBC correspondent based in Juba for the three key years around independence. He later ran the East Africa bureau for the French news agency, AFP.
To his continuing surprise, he broke the Guinness World Record for playing the highest ever game of cricket, on the summit of Kilimanjaro. He is based mainly in East Africa, where he shares a cottage with a dog who adopted him in Juba. They are working on a second book.
Cricket on KIlimanjaro. Peter Martell/AFP. September 2014.