LONDON (SD) – Famous four time Olympian Mo Farah, revealed to a BBC documentary that his real name is Hussein Abdi Kahin, migrated to the UK illegally under his current name as a child.
“Despite what I’ve said in the past, my parents never lived in the UK. When I was four, my dad was killed in the civil war. I was separated from my mother and I was brought into the UK illegally under the name of another child called Mo Farah.” Sir Mo said.
Mo Farah says he was taken to Djibouti at four years old after his father and twin were killed during a civil war in Somalia.
“When I was four my dad was killed in the civil war, you know as a family we were torn apart. I was separated from my mother, and I was brought into the U.K. illegally under the name of another child called Mohamed Farah.” the athlete told the BBC.
Adding “”The real story is I was born in Somaliland, north of Somalia, as Hussein Abdi Kahin,” he told the BBC. “Despite what I’ve said in the past, my parents never lived in the U.K.”
Farah eventually told his teacher Alan Watkinson the truth and helped him moved to live with his friend’s mum who took care of him and he ended up staying with them for seven years.
Mo Farah says after a long discussions with his kids he decided to tell the truth about life story.
“I’ve been keeping it for so long, it’s been difficult because you don’t want to face it and often my kids ask questions, ‘Dad, how come this?’ And you’ve always got an answer for everything, but you haven’t got an answer for that.” Mo said.
Adding “That’s the main reason in telling my story because I want to feel normal and… don’t feel like you’re holding on to something.”
In the documentary, a lawyer tells Farah that, he faces a “real risk” his British nationality could be taken away as it was obtained by misrepresentations.
But it is understood the Home Office will not be taking any action against Farah and he will not be deprived of his citizenship.
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