Olympic champion Mo Farah reveals that he arrived in Britain with a false identity

Mo Farah, the quadruple Olympic champion in athletics under the British banner, reveals in a documentary, broadcast Wednesday 13 July on the BBC, that he arrived in Great Britain illegally under a false identity before being forced to work as a servant in a family.

“The truth is I am not what you think. Most people know me as Mo Farah but that is not the reality. I was separated from my mother, and I was brought to the UK illegally under the name of another child named Mohammed Farah”, The British athlete said in this interview. Farah a raconté avoir reçu le nom de Mohamed Farah d’une femme qui l’avait fait venir au Royaume-Uni – lui affirmant qu’il y rejoindrait des proches – depuis Djibouti, pays d’Afrique orientale, à l’âge de ne years.

The 39-year-old athlete said his name is actually Hussein Abdi Kahin. His father was killed in Somalia when he was four years old. His mother and two brothers live in the breakaway region of Somaliland, which is not recognized by the international community. “The real story is that I was born in Somaliland, northern Somalia, by the name of Hussain Abdi Kahin. Despite what I have said in the past, my parents did not live in the UK”, He completed.

Upon his arrival in the country, the woman who accompanied him took the paper on which the coordinates of his relatives appeared. Tore it up and put it in the trash, related to joy. “In that moment, I knew I had a problem.”

The first British athlete to win four Olympic gold medals, he also said he was forced to do housework and take care of other children with a family in Britain if he wanted To have enough to eat. “If you ever want to see your family again, don’t say anything,” He heard himself say. “I often lock myself in the shower and cry,” trust.

One day, he finally revealed the truth to his physical education teacher, Alan Watkinson, who noticed his mood swings whenever he was on the right track. Then he went to live with A .’s mother “Friend” who happened “really busy” from him. “The only language he seemed to understand was physical education and sports.” Alan Watkinson says:

“The only thing I could do to get away from this (situation) was get out and run.”

Farah Mohamed, quadruple Olympic champion

In the BBC

Then Watkinson applied for the athlete’s British citizenship, which he finally obtained on July 25, 2000. The Olympic champion explained that it was his children who encouraged him to reveal the truth about his past. “I kept it for a long time, it was difficult because you do not want to deal with it and my children often ask questions (…). And you always have the answer to everything, but you do not have the answer to that. “

“This is the main reason I tell my story, because I want to feel normal and not feel like I’m holding on to anything,” He cried. Farah, who called her son Hussein by his real name, concluded: “I often think of the other Muhammad Farah, the boy I sat in his seat on that plane, and I really hope he is in good health.”

After this information, the British Home Office told AFP that “Sir Mo Farah will not be prosecuted.” He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2013, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2017. Since then, his name has been Sir Muhammad Mukhtar Juma Farah..

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