Mo Farah. The true story of the Olympic medalist with the stolen name

The courageous story of Mo Farah, who revealed last week that he had been illegally taken to the UK and forced to work as a domestic slave, has prompted UK police to open an investigation into the Olympic champion’s statements.

“We are aware of the information released by the media about Mo Farah,” said London police, adding that the investigation would likely focus on the couple that Farah accused of forcing him to cook, clean and take care of their children, he clarified. the Daily Telegraph. “Specialized agents have opened an investigation and are currently analyzing all available information”.

The revelations about Farah’s childhood were made in a documentary about her life. “Most people know me as Mo Farah, but that’s not my name and it’s not the truth,” revealed the athlete who, by running around the UK, became one of the most successful sportsmen ever in the documentary. , The Real Mo Farah, which premiered on the BBC. “My real story is that I was born in Somaliland, in northern Somalia, as Hussein Abdi Kahin. Despite what I’ve said in the past, my parents never lived in the UK,” Farah confessed.

The athlete who won four gold medals at the Olympic Games in London and Rio de Janeiro, in the distances of five and ten thousand meters, in addition to having won six world championships, was elevated to Sir in 2017, due to his services in athletics (he is the most successful British athlete in this sport), revealed that he was illegally trafficked to the United Kingdom when he was just nine years old, under the name of another child and was forced to live as a domestic slave.
Farah was trafficked to the UK by an unknown woman who forced him to assume this false identity and work in the home of a couple who treated him badly.

The Olympic medalist’s life would only suffer a setback when he entered school for the first time, when he was 12 years old, after being rescued by his Physical Education teacher, Alan Watkinson, who ‘saved’ him and helped to apply for British citizenship ( even under your false name).

Until now, Farah had claimed that he had arrived in the UK as a refugee from Somalia with his parents.
“When I was four years old, my father was killed in the civil war, as a family we were torn apart,” he explains in the documentary. “I was separated from my mother and brought illegally to the UK under the name of another child named Mohamed Farah.”

Due to the state of his family, the athlete’s mother sent him and his twin brother to live with an uncle in Djibouti, but it was here that Farah began to be received by the woman he would eventually take to Europe, under the justification that he would live with relatives, however, as soon as they arrived in the United Kingdom, the woman who accompanied him took the paper where the contact of his relatives was, tore it up and threw it in the trash.

“At that moment, I realized I was in trouble,” he recalled.

This woman was contacted by the BBC to clarify these comments, but declined to comment.

Farah’s story of overcoming, which is now public, was the way the specialist in 5,000 and 10,000 meters sprints felt “normal” and tried to inspire young people who have faced similar situations.

“I’ve kept this secret for so long, it’s been difficult because I don’t know how to face this situation or how to answer my children’s questions. You always have to have an answer for everything, but I don’t have an answer for that,” he admitted. “That’s the main reason to tell my story, I want to feel normal and that I don’t have something to suffocate me”.

One of the athlete’s major concerns was his immigrant status, however, the UK Government assured that it would not sue the long-distance runner. “No case will be brought against Sir Mo Farah,” said a spokesman for the British Home Office, quoted by the AFP news agency.

“There are thousands of people in this country like Sir Mo – people who have made new lives in the UK and who have made incredible contributions,” the British Refugee Council wrote on Twitter. “The courage and bravery to tell their story gives hope to all those campaigning for a fair and humane asylum system,” the group concluded, quoted by Al Jazeera.

“I had no idea that there were so many people who are going through the exact same thing as me. It just shows how lucky I was.” “What really saved me, what made me different, was that I could run.”
This story comes at a time when the UK itself is also facing a crisis of refugees of different nationalities being sent from this country to Rwanda, a policy described as inhumane by critics.

But among Farah’s personal and social concerns was also the concern of knowing what happened to the real “Mohamed Farah” so long later.

“I often think about the other Mohamed Farah, the boy whose seat I took on that plane,” adding, “I really hope he is okay.”

At the end of the documentary, Farah sees his doubts dispelled, with him speaking to the man he stole his identity from before entering the UK, revealing that he would continue to use the name that accompanied him in one of the biggest success stories of the world sport: Mohamed Farah.

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