Mo Farah at 2012 European Athletics Championships in Helsinki,
Author Erik van Leeuwen
(Image modified by MachoCarioca)
(GNU Free Documentation License)
Four-time Olympic champion, Sir Mohamed Farah, has revealed in a BBC documentary that he was trafficked as a child, and forced into slavery in London [3A].
Born Hussein Abdi Kahin, Farah lost his father to a civil war in Somaliland at the age of four. Separated from his mother, he was brought illegally to the United Kingdom by a stranger at the age of nine, and forced to work as a domestic servant.
Citizenship and Freedom
Farah was not allowed to attend school until around age twelve. The school was told he was a Somali refugee.
Physical education teacher, Alan Watkinson, was the first to notice Farah’s outstanding athletic talent. Farah eventually told Watkinson the truth about his past, and moved in with a friend’s family. It was Watkinson who helped Farah apply for British citizenship. Continue reading
Early Autumn in the Sierra Nevada, Author Don Graham of Redlands, CA (CC BY-SA 2.0 Generic)
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.”
– John Muir
The respected naturalist and environmental philosopher, John Muir, believed that nature offers the body and mind opportunities to heal themselves .
Muir tirelessly hiked the Sierra Nevada, writing extensively about his experiences and ultimately co-founding America’s premier conservation organization, the Sierra Club. His activism helped to preserve both Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks.
Mission Outdoors https://missionoutdoors.org/ and Hometown Hero Outdoors https://hometownherooutdoors.org/ are two small non-profits which share Muir’s view.
They afford military service members and veterans a temporary escape from the stress of combat or the difficulties of transitioning to civilian life through hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities. Hometown Hero Outdoors is open to law enforcement personnel, as well.
Many of these individuals suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder – an illness to which victims of childhood abuse and domestic abuse are, also, prone. Continue reading
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