Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah revealed he was taken from his family in Somaliland when he was 9 years old and trafficked to the UK under a different child’s name.
The legendary long-distance runner was brought into England illegally from Djibouti and was forced to do housework and childcare in exchange for food, he said in a preview clip from the upcoming BBC documentary, “The Real Mo Farah.”
“The truth is I’m not who you think I am,” he said in the documentary which will be broadcast this week.
The 39-year-old father-of-four revealed his real name is Hussein Abdi Kahin.
Farah, who became the first British track and field athlete to win four Olympic gold medals, said his children motivated him to be truthful about his past.
“Despite what I’ve said in the past, my parents never lived in the UK. When I was 4, my dad was killed in a civil war,” Farah revealed. “As a family, we were torn apart. I was separated from my mother and I was brought into the UK illegally, under the name of another child called Mohamed Farah.”
Holding a copy of the fake visa which allowed him into the country at the age of 9, Farah showed the document bearing his assumed name.
“From that moment, coming in, [I had] a different name, a different identity,” he said. “I know I’ve taken someone else’s place.”
“I do wonder what is Mohamed doing now,” he added.
The athlete remembered how his mother sent him and his twin brother, Hassan, to live with his uncle after the sudden death of their father when Farah was just four.
Farah said he thought he was going to England to live with distant family members and remembered what it was like going through a British passport check with his new name after traveling with a woman he didn’t know.
He’s seen consulting with a lawyer about potentially losing his citizenship as it was obtained fraudulently, but the UK’s Home Office told The Post “no action whatsoever will be taken against Sir Mo and to suggest otherwise is wrong.”
“I had all the contact details for my relative and once we got to her house, the lady took it off me and right in front of me ripped them up and put it in the bin, and at that moment I knew I was in trouble,” he said in the documentary.
He was then allegedly forced to live in domestic servitude for her family and would get paid only in food.
“From day one, what the lady did wasn’t right. I wasn’t treated as part of the family,” he said.
“If I wanted food in my mouth, my job was to look after those kids, shower them, cook for them, clean for them, and she said, ‘If you ever want to see your family again, don’t say anything or they will take you away.’ Often I would just lock myself in the bathroom and cry.”
Farah eventually confided in teacher Alan Watkinson and moved to live with his friend’s mother who took care of him. He lived there for seven years.
Watkinson kickstarted the application process for Farah’s British citizenship, which he officially obtained in 2000.
That same year, he was reunited with his birth mother, Aisha, for the first time since the age of 9 after her friends back home recognized him on TV.
Farah, who now has three children of his own with wife Tania Nell, says he named his son Hussein to honor his roots.
Nell has another daughter named Rhianna, who Farah has raised since she was a toddler.
With Post wires