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Runner and four-time Olympic medalist Mo Farah reveals he was trafficked to the UK as a child and forced to work as a servant


The athlete announced that his real name is Hussein Abdi Kahin.

British athlete Mo Farah, born in Mogadishu, Somalia, revealed this Monday to the BBC who was trafficked to the UK as a child and forced to work as a servant.

The long-distance runner had previously recounted that he came to the European country with his parents from Somalia as refugee. However, he recently disclosed that his father had never been to the UK and was killed by a stray bullet when the athlete was four years old. He also reported that his mother and siblings live on his family’s farm in the separatist state of Somaliland.

Furthermore, he revealed that his real name is Hussein Abdi Kahin and that the Mohamed Farah’s name was given to him by a woman who took him from Djibouti, a country bordering Somalia.

“For years I blocked what what really happened”, admitted the winner of four gold medals at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Farah reported that, once in the United Kingdom, the woman took him to her apartment in London and took the paper where he had written down the contact details of his relatives. “He tore it up and threw it in the trash right in front of me. At that moment, I knew he was in trouble”, he pointed out the athlete, and said that “if he wanted to eat” he had to do the housework and take care of the children.

After a few years in the country, the athlete enrolled in a local school. According to his former guardian, Sarah Rennie, he was an “emotionally and culturally alienated” child.

Farah’s situation began to change when he established a bond with his physical education teacher and revealed his true identity, his background and the family he was forced to work for. .

Subsequently, the teacher contacted social services and helped the boy to be taken in by another Somali family.

“I still missed my real family, but from that moment everything got better,” the Olympic runner recalled. “I felt like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. That’s when Mo, the real Mo, came in,” he added.

Farah wants to tell his story to challenge public perceptions about human trafficking and slavery. “I had no idea so many people were going through the exact same thing I was going through. It just goes to show how lucky I was,” he said. “What really saved me, what made me different, was that could run”, he underlined.


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