″For years I was held captive. He would lock me in the bathroom and cry ″

Mo Farah says he was illegally trafficked to England, where he was enslaved.

The British Mo Farah, who has four Olympic, six world and four European titles, between the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, reveals that he was illegally trafficked to the United Kingdom, where he was a domestic slave.

“For years I was held captive. I was in prison for years”, said Sir Mo Farah, in an interview with the BBC, in which he announced that his real name is Hussein Abdi Kahin and that he was unable to go to school, having been forced to work in order to eat.

At the age of 39, Mo Farah, who has always said that he came to England with his parents from Somalia, has now confessed that he came from Djibouti, at the age of nine, with a woman he did not know, who named him Mo Farah. and that, in the United Kingdom, forced him to take care of the children of another family.

In a British television documentary, Farah said her parents had never been to the UK and that her mother and two of her brothers live on a family farm in the breakaway state of Somaliland, which declared independence in 1991 but is not internationally recognized. .

His father, named Abdi, was shot dead when the athlete was just four years old, precisely during the civil violence in Somalia.

At the age of “eight or nine” he was taken from his home to stay with his family in Djibouti, ending up being taken to the United Kingdom by the woman he did not know and was not related to, and who told him that she was taking him to Europe to live with relatives. “I had never been on a plane,” he recalls, assuming he was “excited” by the new idea of ​​life.

Whoever took him illegally presented the authorities with false documents with the name Mohamed Farah, later installing him in an apartment in west London, in Hounslow, at which time he stole a paper that had the contacts of his relatives. “In front of me, he tore the paper and put it in the trash. At that moment I realized I was in trouble”, he confessed.

Sir Mo said that “to have food in his mouth”, he had to do housework and take care of children, being threatened and forced “to say nothing if he wanted to see his family again”. “I would often lock myself in the bathroom and cry,” he recalled.

He was not allowed to go to school until he was about 12 years old, at which point he enrolled in seventh grade at Feltham Community College, having been told by staff that he was a refugee from Somalia.

His former teacher Sara Rennie told the BBC the child arrived at school “poorly”, speaking little English and “emotionally and culturally alienated”. She added that people claiming to be her parents never attended any parenting meetings.

Already his physical education teacher, Alan Watkinson, guarantees that the young man’s life changed completely when he entered an athletics track. “The only language he seemed to understand was that of physical education and sport”, recalled the Olympic champion of the 5,000 and 10,000 meters in London’2012 and Rio’2016.

Mo Farah assumed that sport was his salvation, as “the only thing he could do” to get rid of this life situation “was to go out and run”.

The young man ended up confessing that he revealed to Watkinson his true identity, his past and about the family he was being forced to work for.

The BBC documentary, about which a short summary was released this Monday, will be shown on Wednesday.

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