World athletics star and four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah has revealed he joined Britain under a false identity as a child

British track and field star Mo Fara, a four-time Olympic champion, has revealed he joined Britain under a false identity in a documentary to be shown on the BBC on Wednesday.

Mo Farah , a four-time Olympic athletics champion, revealed in a documentary that he arrived in Britain illegally under a false identity before being forced to work as a household servant.

“I’m not who you think”

“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 I I was brought to the UK illegally under the name of another child called Mohamed Farah,”

The British athlete said in an interview which will air on the BBC on Wednesday .

Farah said he was given the name Mohamed Farah by a woman who brought him to the UK from Djibouti, an East African country, when he was nine years old. The athlete, whose father was killed in Somalia when he was four, said his real name was Hussein Abdi Kahin. 

“The real story is that I was born in Somaliland, northern Somalia, as Hussein Abdi Kahin. Despite what I have said in the past, my parents never lived in the UK,” he said. he continued.

Forced to do housework and take care of other children

Farah, the first British athlete to win four Olympic gold medals, also said she was forced to do housework and care for other children in a family in Britain. One day, he eventually revealed the truth to his PE teacher, Alan Watkinson, and moved in with a “friend’s” mother who “really looked after” him. Watkinson then applied for British citizenship for Farah, who was finally granted it on July 25, 2000.

The athlete explains that it was his children who encouraged him to reveal the truth about his past. 

“I kept it for so long, it was difficult because you don’t want to deal with it and often my children would ask questions (…). And you always have an answer for everything, but you don’t have no answer for that”.

“That’s the main reason I’m telling my story, because I want to feel normal and not feel like I’m clinging to anything,” he said. Farah, who called her son Hussein in reference to his real name, concluded: “I often think of the other Mohamed Farah, the boy whose seat I took on that plane, and I really hope he is fine.”

Source: AFP

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