Sir Mo Farah has revealed that he was illegally trafficked to the United Kingdom under the name of another child and was forced to work as a domestic servant.
The four-time Olympic champion told a BBC documentary called “The Real Mo Farah” that his real name was Hussein Abdi Kahin, and that a woman he had never met brought him to the UK from Djibouti when he was just nine years old.
“The real story is I was born in Somaliland, north of Somalia… Despite what I’ve said in the past, my parents never lived in the UK,” Farah, 39, said.
Farah added that his father died in the civil war and he was separated from his mother.
Farah had previously said that he came to the UK with his parents from Somalia as a refugee.
Farah said that the woman who brought him to the UK had fake travel documents that showed his photo next to the name, Mohamed Farah.
Farah said he had to do housework and childcare while he was with the woman who brought him to the UK “if I wanted food in my mouth.”
“If you ever wanna see your family again, don’t say anything,” the woman told him, according to Farah.
Farah eventually confided in his PE teacher Alan Watkinson, who then contacted social services and helped him be fostered by another Somali family and apply for British citizenship under the name Mohamed Farah.
Farah was warned that speaking out could put his British citizenship at “real risk.”
But Alan Briddock, a lawyer in the documentary, said that the risk in Farah’s case was low.
It is understood that the Home Office will not be taking any action against Farah, who received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 2017.
The documentary will air on July 13.
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