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Mo Farah became a household name thanks to his scorching performance on the track, where he became the first British citizen to win four Olympic gold medals in track and field

However, in a documentary set to air this Wednesday, Farah reveals that the name Mohamed Farah is not his.
Instead, the 39-year-old claimed he was born in Somaliland and given the name Hussein Abdi Kahin. He claimed that as a child, he was trafficked to the UK by an unknown woman and forced to assume the identity of an unknown boy named Mohamed Farah and work as a servant.
“The truth is that I’m not who you think I am,” Farah said in the BBC television documentary. “Most people know me as Mo Farah, but that is not my name or reality.”
The revelations shed new light on one of the world’s modern sports legends’ life, and advocates say it also highlights the harsh realities that many vulnerable refugees and migrants face.
Farah previously stated that he came to the UK with his parents as a refugee from Somalia.
Instead, the star athlete revealed in the documentary The Real Mo Farah that his father was killed in Somalia’s civil war and that he had been separated from his mother before coming to the UK.
He had travelled to Djibouti with the unknown woman when he was eight or nine years old.
He said he thought he was going to Europe to live with relatives, but when he arrived in the UK, the woman who accompanied him took a piece of paper from him and “ripped it up and threw it in the bin.”
“I knew I was in trouble at that point,” he said.
‘I just want to feel normal.’
Farah, who was knighted in 2013, said his children inspired him to tell his story publicly.
“I’ve kept it for so long, it’s been difficult because you don’t want to face it, and my children frequently ask, ‘Dad, how come this?’
And you always have an answer for everything, but you don’t have an answer for that,” he explained.
“That’s why I’m telling my story: I want to feel normal and not like you’re holding on to something.”
He described being forced to do housework and childcare while being told, “Don’t say anything if you ever want to see your family again.”
He claimed that athletics were his only means of escape. He finally told Alan Watkinson, his physical education teacher, about the situation. Watkinson then made contact with the authorities.
Farah, a 5,000 and 10,000 metre specialist who has also won six World Championship gold medals, said that after his teacher intervened, he went to live with his mother’s friend, with whom he lived for seven years. In the year 2000, he was granted British citizenship.
After decades of success, he still wonders what happened to the real Mohamed Farah.
“I often think about the other Mohamed Farah,” he said, “the boy whose seat I took on that plane, and I really hope he’s OK.”
Farah was praised by the UK Refugee Council for coming forward.
“There are thousands of people like Sir Mo in this country – people who have made new lives here and make incredible contributions,” the group said on Twitter.
“His bravery in telling his story inspires all who advocate for a fair and humane asylum system.”