Sir Mo Farah has revealed in a BBC documentary that he was introduced into the UK illegally underneath the identify of one other youngster.
The four-time Olympic champion mentioned “the reality is I’m not who you suppose I’m”, including he wants to inform his actual story “no matter the price” within the documentary titled The Actual Mo Farah.
The daddy-of-four, 39, mentioned: “Most individuals know me as Mo Farah, but it surely’s not my identify or it’s not the truth.
“The actual story is I used to be born in Somaliland, north of Somalia, as Hussein Abdi Kahin. Regardless of what I’ve mentioned prior to now, my dad and mom by no means lived within the UK.
“Once I was 4 my dad was killed within the civil battle, as a household we had been torn aside.
“I used to be separated from my mom, and I used to be introduced into the UK illegally underneath the identify of one other youngster referred to as Mohamed Farah.”
Farah, who turned the primary British monitor and area athlete to win 4 Olympic gold medals, mentioned his youngsters have motivated him to be truthful about his previous.
“Household means every thing to me and, , as a father or mother, you all the time educate your youngsters to be trustworthy, however I really feel like I’ve all the time had that personal factor the place I might by no means be me and inform what’s actually occurred,” he mentioned.
“I’ve been holding it for therefore lengthy, it’s been troublesome since you don’t wish to face it and sometimes my youngsters ask questions, ‘Dad, how come this?’ And also you’ve all the time received a solution for every thing, however you haven’t received a solution for that.
“That’s the primary motive in telling my story as a result of I wish to really feel regular and… don’t really feel such as you’re holding on to one thing.”
Farah’s spouse Tania mentioned within the yr main as much as their 2010 marriage ceremony she realised “there was a lot of lacking items to his story” however she ultimately “wore him down with the questioning” and he advised the reality.
Throughout the documentary, Farah mentioned he thought he was going to Europe to dwell with kinfolk and recalled going by means of a UK passport examine underneath the guise of Mohamed on the age of 9.
He mentioned: “I had all of the contact particulars for my relative and as soon as we received to her home, the woman took it off me and proper in entrance of me ripped them up and put it within the bin and at that second I knew I used to be in bother.”
The athlete travelled again to his childhood dwelling in Hounslow recalling “not nice recollections” the place he was not handled as a part of the household.
He mentioned: “If I wished meals in my mouth my job was to take care of these youngsters, bathe them, cook dinner for them, clear for them, and she mentioned, ‘In case you ever wish to see your loved ones once more, don’t say something. In case you say something, they’ll take you away’.
“So she advised you don’t discuss something in any other case I used to be in huge bother and I suppose for me the one issues that I might do, in my management, was to run away from this was get out and run.”
Farah ultimately advised his PE trainer Alan Watkinson the reality and moved to dwell together with his good friend’s mum, Kinsi, who “actually took nice care” of him and he ended up staying for seven years.
It was Watkinson who utilized for Farah’s British citizenship which he described as a “lengthy course of” and on July 25, 2000 Farah was recognised as a British Citizen.
Farah, who named his son Hussein after his actual identify, mentioned: “I usually take into consideration the opposite Mohamed Farah, the boy whose place I took on that airplane and I actually hope he’s OK.
“Wherever he is, I carry his identify and that might trigger issues now for me and my household.
“The vital factor is for me to only be capable of look, that is what’s occurred and simply being trustworthy, actually.”
Within the documentary, a barrister tells Farah that, though he was trafficked into the nation as a small youngster and he advised the related authorities the reality, there may be nonetheless a “actual threat” his British nationality may very well be taken away because it was obtained by misrepresentations.
However it’s understood the House Workplace is not going to be taking any motion towards Farah and he is not going to be disadvantaged of his citizenship.
The division’s steerage makes clear it assumes a baby just isn’t complicit in gaining citizenship by deception, stating: “If the person was a baby on the time the fraud, false illustration or concealment of fabric reality was perpetrated (that led to citizenship), the caseworker ought to assume that they weren’t complicit in any deception by their father or mother or guardian.”
Talking to his spouse, Farah mentioned: “I don’t suppose I used to be ever able to say something, not since you wish to lie, however since you’re defending your self.
“(I) suppose you solely realise afterward down the road it’s OK to let issues out and say the way it occurred.
“However on this, I feel I used to be trafficked and that’s what it seems like.”
The documentary ends with Farah talking to the actual Mohamed Farah, whose id he took getting into the UK, earlier than including Farah will proceed to go by the identify he was given when he entered the UK.
The Actual Mo Farah will air at 6am on BBC iPlayer and 9pm on BBC One on July 13.