Grand Olympic champion Mo Farah reveals he was sold to the UK as a child

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olympic great Mo Farah, a four-time gold medal winner and one of the UK’s greatest and most beloved athletes, has carried a secret burden all these years: he was smuggled into the UK as a youngster and forced to take care of other children before he ran away. a life of slavery through flight.

In the new documentary, Farah says his real name is Hussein Abdi Kahin and that he was taken from East African nation of Djibouti when he was about 8 or 9 years old. He says an unfamiliar woman brought him to the UK using fake travel documents that had his photo next to the name Mohammed Farah.

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Mo Farah at the start of the men's elite race during the Vitality London 10,000m Road Race on May 2, 2022 in London, England.

Mo Farah at the start of the men’s elite race during the Vitality London 10,000m Road Race on May 2, 2022 in London, England.
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The revelations come as Britain struggles to cope with the flood of people fleeing conflict and famine in Africa, the Middle East and Asia on flimsy boats organized by human traffickers to help the desperate cross the English Channel. Criminal gangs also smuggle people into the country and force them into sex work, crime and unpaid work.

In a documentary produced by the BBC and Red Bull Studios, Farah said he thought he was going to Europe to live with relatives and had a slip of paper with contact details.

“The woman took it off me and right in front of me tore it up and threw it in the trash,” Farah said in the film, which will be screened on Wednesday. “And at that moment I knew that I was in trouble.”

According to Farah, the woman took him to an apartment in west London, where he was forced to take care of her children. He was not allowed to go to school until he was 12 years old.

“I was not treated like a member of the family,” Farah said. “If I wanted to eat in my mouth, my job was to look after these kids – shower, cook for them, clean up after them.”

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Sir Mo Farah of the England team waves to fans before the Soccer Aid for Unicef ​​2022 match between England and the World XI at the London Stadium on June 12, 2022 in London, England.

Sir Mo Farah of the England team waves to fans before the Soccer Aid for Unicef ​​2022 match between England and the World XI at the London Stadium on June 12, 2022 in London, England.
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Farah became a British citizen in 2000. represented Great Britain at three Summer Olympics in a row since 2008. He captured hearts in the UK and elsewhere with a look of joy and surprise after his 5000m triumph at the 2012 London Games after having previously won the 10,000m title. He won the same races at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

In 2017, Queen Elizabeth II knighted him.

Farah previously said he moved to the UK with his parents as a refugee from Somalia. But in the documentary, he says his parents have never been to the UK. According to the film, his father was killed in a gunfight during riots in Somalia when Farah was 4 years old. His mother and two brothers live on the family farm in Somaliland, a breakaway region of Somalia that has not received international recognition.

Farah says his fortunes changed when he was finally allowed to go to school. A teacher interviewed for the documentary recalled a 12-year-old boy who appeared “unkempt and neglected”, was “emotionally and culturally aloof” and spoke little English.

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Sir Mo Farah of England takes a selfie with fans ahead of the Soccer Aid for Unicef ​​2022 match between England and the World XI at the London Stadium on June 12, 2022 in London, England.

Sir Mo Farah of England takes a selfie with fans ahead of the Soccer Aid for Unicef ​​2022 match between England and the World XI at the London Stadium on June 12, 2022 in London, England.
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But he began to blossom on the treadmill and eventually told his story to a gym instructor. The teacher contacted the local authorities, who agreed that the Somali family would take him in as a foster child.

“I still missed my real family, but things got better from that moment on,” Farah said. “I felt like a lot of things had been taken off my shoulders and I felt like myself.”

Farah said he was afraid he would be deported if he spoke about his childhood experiences. According to him, he decided to tell his story in order to attract public attention and challenge public opinion about human trafficking.

“I had no idea there were so many people going through the same thing as me,” he said. “It just shows how lucky I am.”

In 2020, more than 10,000 people were handed over to UK authorities as potential victims of modern slavery, up from 2,340 in 2014, according to the Home Office, the government agency responsible for enforcing borders.

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Gold medalist Ellis Cross, silver medalist Mo Farah and bronze medalist Mohamud Aadan pose on the podium after the elite men's race ahead of Mo Farah during the Vitality London 10,000m road race on May 2, 2022 in London, England.

Gold medalist Ellis Cross, silver medalist Mo Farah and bronze medalist Mohamud Aadan pose on the podium after the elite men’s race ahead of Mo Farah during the Vitality London 10,000m road race on May 2, 2022 in London, England.
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Immigration authorities are also under pressure as the number of people entering the country on small boats jumped to 28,526 last year from 299 in 2018, according to government statistics.

The UK has reached an agreement with Rwanda to send some asylum seekers on a one-way flight to the East African country where they can apply for asylum. While Prime Minister Boris Johnson says it will destroy the business model of criminal gangs that charge migrants thousands of pounds to cross the English Channel, immigrant rights groups say it is illegal and inhumane.

But modern slavery doesn’t just affect migrants. NGOs go out of their way to insist that victims of modern slavery are forced into slavery through coercion and violence, not shackles. Such organizations often found it difficult to humanize the crime, fearing that exposure would cause further trauma. This alone makes Farah’s case unique.

Justin Carter of Unseen, a charity dedicated to victims of modern slavery, emphasizes that it takes courage to overcome such conditions. Farah’s revelation will let people around the world know that modern day slavery can happen anywhere.

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Mo Farah reacts to the start of the men's elite race during the Vitality London 10,000m road race on May 2, 2022 in London, England.

Mo Farah reacts to the start of the men’s elite race during the Vitality London 10,000m road race on May 2, 2022 in London, England.
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“I just have to take my hat off to someone who has gone through this trauma and lived through this experience but actually still excelled in life because I think there are too many people for whom the trauma is too hard and unfortunately, they don’t have the right support mechanisms to thrive and live on,” she said.

In addition to raising awareness, Farah’s example can encourage others to seek help.

“There is always a way out, an alternative, a channel you can go through. And I think Mo Farah lives and breathes proof of that,” she said.

The UK Home Office said no action would be taken against Farah – and not just because he is a well-known sportsman.

The Department of the Interior guidance makes clear that the agency assumes that the child is not involved in obtaining citizenship by fraud, stating: “If the person was a child at the time the fraud, false representation, or concealment of material facts was committed, must assume that they were not involved in any deceit on the part of their parents or guardians.”

Politicians, sports figures and celebrities were quick to offer Farah their support.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan praised his courage.

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Mo Farah at the Platinum Anniversary Competition on June 5, 2022 in London, England.  The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is celebrated from 2 to 5 June 2022 in the UK and the Commonwealth to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne on 6 February 1952.

Mo Farah at the Platinum Anniversary Competition on June 5, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is celebrated from 2 to 5 June 2022 in the UK and the Commonwealth to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne on 6 February 1952.
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“Everything that Sir Mo survived proves that he is not only one of our greatest Olympians but a truly great Brit,” Khan tweeted. @Mo Farah, thanks for sharing your story and shedding light on these heinous crimes. We must build a future where these tragic events will never happen again.”

Usain Bolt, an eight-time Olympic sprint champion from Jamaica, posted on Farah’s Instagram page three emojis with clasped hands, sometimes referred to as “praying hands.” Andrew Butchart, Farah’s teammate in 2016 and sixth-place finisher in the Rio 5000m, wrote “Lots of love” and “Very proud” along with a heart emoji.