Runway star Mo Farah reveals he was brought to the UK by human traffickers

Mo Farah, king of athletics who was knighted by the Queen of England for his Olympic exploits, reveals in a documentary that he entered the UK illegally under a false identity before being forced to work as a servant in a family to work. “The truth is, I’m not who you think I am. Most people know me as Mo Farah, but that’s not the reality. I was separated from my mother and brought to the UK illegally under the name of another child called Mohamed Farah,” said the four-time Olympic champion in an interview to be broadcast on the BBC on Wednesday.

Farah, now 39, says in this interview that he was given Mohamed Farah’s name by a woman who brought him to the UK from Djibouti, the east African country, when he was nine years old – and told him he was going to join relatives there . The athlete, author of the 5000m/10,000m doubles at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics, reveals his real name is Hussein Abdi Kahin. His father was killed in Somalia when he was four years old. His mother and two brothers live in the separatist region of Somaliland, which is unrecognized by the international community.

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“don’t say anything”

“The real story is that I was born Hussein Abdi Kahin in Somaliland in northern Somalia. Despite what I’ve said in the past, my parents have never lived in the UK,” Farah continues. He had previously explained that he was born in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, and came to the UK in 1993 at the age of 10 with his mother and two of his brothers and sisters to join his computer scientist father.

Upon his arrival in the country, the woman who accompanied him took the paper that had his relatives’ contact details on it, “ripped it up and threw it in the trash,” says Farah. “In that moment, I knew I had a problem.” Farah, the first Briton to win four Olympic titles in track and field, also says he was forced to do housework and look after other children in a British family if he wanted to have “enough food”. “If you want to see your family again one day, don’t say anything,” he heard himself say.

trust in a teacher

Eventually, he revealed the truth to his gym teacher Alan Watkinson, who had noticed his mood swings whenever he was out on the track. He then moved in with a “friend’s” mother who “really took care of him.” “The only language he seemed to understand was physical education and sport,” says Alan Watkinson. The professor then applied for British citizenship for the athlete, which was eventually granted on July 25, 2000.

Lawyers have warned Mo Farah that his revelations about “false testimony” could have his British citizenship revoked. “No charges will be brought against Sir Mo Farah and it is wrong to suggest otherwise,” the Home Office, the UK equivalent of the Home Office, told AFP.

“I salute Mo Farah, what an incredible person who survived this childhood trauma and became such a role model,” said Finance Minister Nadhim Zahawi, who fled Iraq as a child. “We need to build a future where there is no such thing,” said Labor Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, as the UK government plans to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda as part of its anti-terror policy on immigration.

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“My children often asked questions”

Farah returned to Somalia in 2003 and later set up a foundation with his wife to build wells and provide food and medical aid in Africa. A six-time world champion, he became a huge star in the UK, achieving his double at the 2012 London Games and repeating it in Rio four years later. He then took to the streets, albeit with less success, despite successes in the famous 2018 Chicago Marathon.

The athlete explains that it was his four children that prompted him to reveal the truth about his past. “My children often asked questions (…). And you always have an answer for everything, but you don’t have an answer for that.” Farah named her son Hussein after his real name.

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