“My real name is Hussein Abdi Kahin.” During an interview with the BBC, which will air on Wednesday but is already making waves across the channel, the world legend of British athletics, Mohammad Farah, commonly known as Mo Farah, admitted that it was not actually his real name. “The truth is, I’m not what you think. Most people know me as Mo Farah, but that’s not the reality. I was separated from my mother and brought to the UK illegally in the name of another child named Mohammed Farah.”Four-time Olympic champion explained.
Now 39 years old, the founder recounts the title of this documentary The real Mo Farah It’s a completely different story from the one he told the press and his team about his childhood. “That is the real story I was born in Somaliland, In northern Somalia, named Hussein Abdi Kahin. Despite what I’ve said in the past, my parents never lived in the UK. “, Farah asks. He explained earlier that he was born in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, and came to Great Britain in 1993 at the age of 10 to join his mother and his two brothers and sister, his computer scientist father.
“Say nothing if you want to see your family again”
In fact at the age of 9 he was named Mohammad Farah. At the time, his mother sent him to live with his twin brother Hassan and his uncle in the neighboring Republic of Djibouti, so that both were safe. The athlete said he remembers a woman who went with his uncle several times to observe him. She was then told that she would take him to Europe to join her parents. Shortly before his departure, he was given the name of another man, Mohammed Farah.
Upon his arrival in the United Kingdom, the same woman who was with him confiscated the paper so that his relatives’ contact details were published, tearing it up and throwing it in the trash. “At that moment, I knew I had a problem.” Describes the man whose father was killed in Somalia when he was 4 years old, when his mother and his two brothers lived in the separatist region of Somaliland, not recognized by the international community.
The six-time world champion added that he was forced to do housework and take care of other children from a British family if he wanted to. “Something to eat”. He heard himself say: “Don’t say anything if you ever want to see your family again.”
He finally revealed the truth to his physical education teacher, Alan Watkinson, who noticed a change in his mood whenever he was on track. He then moved in with A’s mother “Friend” Those happened “Really busy” From him. “The only language he understood was physical education and sports.”, Alan Watkinson testified. The professor then applied for British citizenship for the athlete, which was finally granted on July 25, 2000.
A foundation of food and medical aid in Africa
Mo Farah returned to Somalia in 2003 and later laid the foundation with his wife to build wells in Africa and provide food and medical assistance. Achieved the 5,000-10,000m doubles at the London Games in 2012 before becoming a huge star in the United Kingdom, then repeated it at the Rio 2016 Olympics four years later. The Chicago Marathon in 2018 turned into a road with less success despite the famous win.
Lawyers have warned Mo Farah that he could revoke his British citizenship as soon as he reveals his identity “Misrepresentation”. ‘No case will be filed against Sir Mo Farah and any advice given is false’The Home Office denied this Tuesday. “I salute Mo Farah, what an incredible man who survived this trauma as a child and has become such a role model.”In contrast congratulations Finance Minister Nadhim Zahawi, who fled Iraq as a child. “We need to build a future where this thing no longer exists.”For his part, London’s Labor mayor has underlined Sadiq Khan, while the British government plans to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda as part of its anti-immigration policy.
The athlete explained that it was his four children who persuaded him to reveal the truth about his past. “My kids often ask questions […]. And you always have an answer for everything, but you don’t have the answer. “ Farah used to call his son Hussein by his real name.