Mo Farah at 2012 European Athletics Championships in Helsinki,
Author Erik van Leeuwen
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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