General Article Sir Mo Farah reveals he was trafficked to the UK

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The true story of an Olympic legend.

Sir Mo Farah’s impact on the running world has been undeniable, as a four-time Olympic champion and the holder of six World titles, there are few people in the UK who don’t know his name, or his infamous ‘Mobot’ celebration. Originally from Somaliland, Farah has told people throughout his career that he came to the UK from Somalia with his parents as a refugee, however, he has now revealed that he was in fact trafficked to the UK illegally and forced to work as a domestic servant as a child.

The revelation comes as Farah explains he is ready to tell the truth about his childhood experience, which he shares in full in his upcoming BBC documentary, The Real Mo Farah.

In the documentary, the Olympic legend shares: ‘Most people know me as Mo Farah but it’s not my name or it’s not the reality. The real story is I was born in Somaliland, north of Somalia, as Hussein Abdi Kahin.

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


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