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Trafficking and slavery – Mo Farah



In a BBC documentary, Sir Mo Farah revealed that he was brought to the UK illegally as a child, and was given the name Mohamed Farah by those who trafficked him and was forced to work as a domestic servant. His real name is Hussein Abdi Kahin.

Sir Mo says he had to do housework and childcare if he wanted food to eat.

For the first few years, the family didn’t allow him to go to school, but when he was about 12 he enrolled in Year 7 at Feltham Community College.

Sir Mo says sport was a lifeline for him as “the only thing I could do to get away from this [living situation] was to get out and run”.

He eventually confided in his Physical Education teacher about his identity, his background, and the family he was being forced to work for.

This example highlights the values of struggle, determination, never dying spirit and humbleness.


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