The four-time Olympic champ, 39, bravely admitted making up key details about moving to the UK.He previously claimed to have joined his dad, but he was killed in the Somalian civil war.
Sir Mo — real name Hussein Abdi Kahin — tells a TV documentary he was trafficked here to work as a servant.
The running legend fears losing his UK citizenship.
This morning a Home Office spokesperson said: “No action whatsoever will be taken against Sir Mo and to suggest otherwise is wrong.”The married father of three bravely admitted: “There’s something about me you don’t know. It’s a secret that I’ve been hiding since I was a child.“I’ve been keeping it for so long, it’s been difficult because you don’t want to face it. Often my kids ask questions — ‘Dad, how come this?’ And you’ve always got an answer for everything, but you haven’t got an answer for that.
“That’s the main reason in telling my story because I want to feel normal and not feel like you’re holding on to something.
“To be able to face it and talk about the facts, how it happened, why it happened, it’s tough. The truth is I’m not who you think I am. And now whatever the cost, I need to tell my real story.”The revelations are laid bare in a bombshell new BBC1 documentary, The Real Mo Farah, which airs tomorrow night.In it, Sir Mo — who has decided to keep his assumed identity — fears he could be stripped of his British citizenship for giving false details in his application.
The 2012 Olympics legend, knighted five years ago, had always insisted his father was an IT consultant called Muktar who was born and brought up in London.
He claimed his dad then moved to Mogadishu and met his mother before returning to the UK, followed by his son when the Somalian civil war deepened.However, his father was actually a farmer called Abdi who was killed in the conflict when his son was four. His mother Aisha later sent him to neighbouring Djibouti for his safety.She wanted him to be reunited with his twin brother Hassan. Instead one of his own relatives may have helped to illegally traffic him to the UK, through a mystery woman.
He said: “The hardest thing is admitting to myself that someone from my own family may have been involved in trafficking me.“On arrival, aged eight, she told him he was now called Mo Farah and had to look after her family in return for being fed.
It was with this false name that he applied for British citizenship – and by confessing it now he puts his national status in jeopardy.However, the long-distance running icon – married to Tania, with nine-year-old twin girls Aisha and Amani plus son Hussein, six — is determined to find closure.
For most of his childhood and teens, he did not see his biological family, which had been “torn apart” by the death of his father.
He said: “My dad went to look after cattle and never came back. Due to the civil war happening between the North and the South, there were a lot of people fighting where he was.
“There was a massive bazooka shot. It hit the ground and flew into pieces and one piece hit him on the head and just straight off, off the head there. To me the hardest thing is, till this day, is like, I don’t even know what he looked like.”The documentary includes a clip of him on The Jonathan Ross Show recalling how excited he was to meet his dad when he first arrived in London. But he was in fact taken by the mystery woman to her family in Isleworth, West London, where he was forced to work for them.
Deeply unhappy, he finally plucked up the courage to tell his schoolteachers, and social services intervened. He was eventually looked after by a Somalian woman, Kinsi, for seven years.My dad went to look after cattle and never came back.
In the programme she recalls how she felt compelled to save him by posing as his aunt. She said: “You were not happy. You’re crying. Then I tried to find out what is going on with you. The lady, she always make you do the housework, to have the kids, to give them their milk, to change their nappy and all these things.”
She added of the mystery woman: “She didn’t bring you as a human being.”