Mo Farah’s shocking past: 4-time Olympic champion says he was brought to UK as second child

“The truth is, I’m not what you think,” said Farah, 39.

BBC

In a documentary called “The Real Mo Farah”.

Farah, the first British track and field athlete to win four Olympic gold medals, says her children have inspired her to be truthful about her past.

“The truth is that I was born in Somaliland, north of Somalia, as Hussein Abdi Kahin,” he said.

BBC“Despite what I’ve said in the past, my parents never lived in the UK.

“My father was killed in the civil war when I was four years old. You know, we were separated as a family. I was separated from my mother and brought to the UK illegally in the name of my second child, Mohammed Farah. “

During the documentary, Farah said she thought she was going to Europe with relatives and remembers passing a British passport check under Mohammed’s name when he was traveling with a woman he knew at the age of nine. Didn’t know before.

Mo Farah

“I had all the contact details of my relative and once we reached his house, the woman snatched it from me and tore it in front of me and put it in the box and at that point I realized I was in trouble,” he said. Said.

The athlete traveled to his childhood home in west London, recalling “no great memories,” where he was not treated as part of the family.

Farah finally told the truth to teacher Alan Watkinson and moved in with her friend’s mother, who took care of her and stayed there for seven years.

It was Watkinson who applied for Farah’s British citizenship, which he described as a “long process.”

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