Mo Farah Relieved At UK Government Support After Shock Revelation

Mo Farah Relieved At UK Government Support After Shock Revelation

Olympic great Mo Farah on Wednesday expressed relief after receiving overwhelming support from the British government, despite admitting that he had been trafficked to Britain illegally as a child. The revelations in a new BBC documentary could have raised questions about Farah’s British citizenship, but the Interior Ministry said it was taking no action. A spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “They are sports heroes, they are a movement for people across the country.” It’s a reminder of the horrors people face when it comes to trafficking. And we must continue to catch the criminals who take advantage of the weak. “

The 39-year-old distance runner, one of Britain’s most beloved and successful athletes, revealed that his real name is Hussein Abdi Kahan, and that he entered the country at the age of eight or nine, after being subjected to domestic slavery. I was forced to work.

London’s Metropolitan Police say they are “analyzing” allegations that Farah was trafficked after her mother sent her to flee the civil war in her native Somalia.

Asked in a follow-up interview on BBC radio how she felt about the government’s response, Farah said: “I feel relieved: this is my country.

“No child wants to be in this situation. I made this choice for me,” he said.

“And I’m grateful for every opportunity I get in the UK and … I’m proud to represent my country the way I did, because that’s all I could do, at my disposal. When I was younger. I had no control. “

Farah was later helped to obtain British citizenship by her physical education teacher at the school, Alan Watkinson, while still using the pseudonym Muhammad Farah given to her by a woman who had been trafficked to the UK. ۔

“I don’t think Allen did anything wrong there,” the athlete told BBC Radio.

“Allen went to social services. We reported it, we told him exactly what my name is … so we went through the right channels, but I don’t know why nothing was done.” They said.

As previously claimed, instead of going to the UK as a refugee from Somalia with her mother and two brothers to join her IT consultant father, Farah said he had met the woman from Djibouti. There was one she had never met, and then she was made to take care of another. Family children.

In fact, she said, her father was killed in civil unrest in Somalia when Farah was four years old and her mother Aisha and two brothers live in the breakaway state of Somalia.

After burying the truth for decades, he was now encouraged to speak by his wife and children.

Promoted.

“I honestly don’t want to talk about it because I told myself I would never talk about it. I’m going to shut it down,” he said.

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