Sir Mo Farrah reveals that he is a victim of human trafficking

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Sir Mo Farah said that he was transported to the UK illegally as a child and forced to work as a domestic worker. The Olympic hero revealed to the BBC that the people who brought him from Djibouti gave him the name Mohamed Farah. Hussein Abdi Kahin is not his given name. He claims that when he was nine years old, a woman he had never met brought him from an East African country and forced him to care for the children of another family. The Team GB athlete claims, “For years I just kept blocking it out, but you can only block it out for so long.”

The marathoner has mentioned in the past that he and his family fled Somalia for the United Kingdom. His mother and two brothers still reside on the family farm in the breakaway state of Somaliland, he claims in a BBC/Red Bull Studios documentary viewed by BBC News and set to be shown on Wednesday. When Sir Mo was only four years old, his father, Abdi, was shot and murdered in the unrest in Somalia. Somaliland declared its independence in 1991, but the move was not recognized globally. When Sir Mo was around eight or nine years old, he was sent to live with relatives in Djibouti. Then, a woman he had never seen and was not connected to, flew him to the UK. He was “eager” to go to Europe to live with relatives, as he had been told by his mother. He said that he had never flown before.

The child was instructed to introduce himself as Mohamed by the woman. She allegedly carried with her bogus travel documents bearing his photo and the name “Mohamed Farah.” Once they landed in Britain, the woman whisked him away to her apartment in Hounslow, west London, and promptly made off with a scrap of paper containing the contact information for his distant relatives. “Right in front of me, she ripped it up and put it in the bin.” At that moment, I knew I was in trouble, he said. Sir Mo also revealed that if he wanted to have food, then he had to do housework and childcare . He claims the woman, he claims, warned him not to speak out “if you ever want to see your family again.” “Often I would just lock myself in the bathroom and cry ,” he recalls. That family first forbade him from attending school, but when he was about 12, he enrolled in the seventh grade at Feltham Community College. They said that Sir Mo was a Somali refugee.

His former form teacher, Sarah Rennie, told the BBC that he was “unkempt and uncared for” when he first arrived at school, that he knew almost no English, and that he was an “emotionally and culturally detached” child. People who claimed to be his parents, according to her, didn’t show up for any parents’ nights. Sir Mo’s physical education instructor, Alan Watkinson, saw a change in the little youngster once he started running. So the story goes. There was only one language he could speak, and that was the language of physical education and sports. Sir Mo adds, “the only thing I could do to get away from this [living environment] was to get out and run,” hence sports saved his life. After some time had passed, he told Mr. Watkinson the truth about who he was, where he came from, and the family he was being forced to work for. The physical education instructor contacted the authorities and arranged for Sir Mo to live with another Somali family as a foster child. Sir Mo recalls, “I still missed my real family, but from that moment, everything got better,” Sir Mo says. I felt like a lot of stuff was lifted off my shoulders, and I felt like me. That’s when Mo came out-the real Mo. “

At the age of 14, Sir Mo had already made a name for himself as an athlete, and he had been invited to compete for English schools in a race in Latvia. Unfortunately, he lacked the necessary travel permits to attend the competition. Mr. Watkinson assisted him in obtaining British citizenship in July of 2000, using the alias Mohamed Farah. It is revealed in the documentary that Sir Mo’s citizenship was “obtained through fraud or misrepresentations,” according to attorney Allan Briddock. If someone obtains British citizenship illegally, the government can revoke it. An official from the Home Office told BBC News that the government would not challenge Sir Mo’s citizenship because it is thought that a kid is not complicit when citizenship is earned by fraud. Mr. Briddock also assures Sir Mo that there is little danger of this happening to him. He explains to Sir Mo, “Basically, the definition of trafficking is transportation for exploitative purposes,” he tells Sir Mo. “In your case, you were obliged as a very small child yourself to look after small children and to be a domestic servant. And then you told the relevant authorities, “That is not my name.” All of those combine to lessen the risk that the Home Office will take away your nationality. “

A woman approached him in a London restaurant and handed him a cassette as his reputation spread in the Somali community. The message was recorded and sent to Sir Mo by his mother, Aisha, whom he had not heard from in a long time. It wasn’t just a tape, Sir Mo explains. “It was more of a voice-and then it was singing sad songs for me, like poems or like traditional songs, you know. And I would listen to it for days or weeks. ” “If this is bothering you or giving you trouble in any way, please disregard this message.” was written on the side of the tape that had a phone number attached to it. After hearing this, I immediately responded with, “Of course I want to contact you,” as Sir Mo put it. The first phone call between mom and kid happened after that. Aisha recalls, “The excitement and joy of getting a response from him made me forget everything that happened.” Upon hearing back from him, “The excitement and joy of getting a response from him made me forget everything that happened.” In the documentary, Sir Mo introduces his son, Hussein, to Aisha and his two brothers in Somaliland. She tells Sir Mo, “Never in my life did I think I would see you or your children alive.” “We were living in a place with nothing, no cattle, and destroyed land. We all thought we were dying. “Boom, boom, boom,” was all we heard. I sent you away because of the war. I sent you off to your uncle in Djibouti so you could have something. ” Sir Mo asks Aisha who made the decision to have him transported from Djibouti to the United Kingdom, and Aisha responds: “No-one told me.” I lost contact with you. We didn’t have phones, roads, or anything. There was nothing here. The land was devastated.

Sir Mo claims he is motivated to share his experience in order to dispel myths about human trafficking and slavery. I never imagined there would be so many others going through the same thing I am. That I was as fortunate as I was, “To put it another way, what he says “The ability to run was what ultimately rescued me and what set me apart.” The BBC has attempted to reach the woman who brought Sir Mo to London for comment, but she has not yet responded. Relatives have come to her defence since the program aired on July 13 by arguing that it is typical practice in Somaliland for youngsters to do household labour and that many people bring children who are not their own to Europe for a better life. Hearing Sir Mo’s story was “heart breaking and terrible,” according to Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi, who fled Iraq with his family when he was 11. On BBC Breakfast, he said that Mo Farah has his respect. He also added that he was an incredible person to have endured such hardship as a child and still flourished into a positive role model and that is inspiring to say the least.

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