First News: Mo Farah's true story is revealed

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Mo Farah reveals his true story (photo: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
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Sir Mo Farah has revealed his real name is Hussein Abdi Kahin.

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    That is just one of the facts that is different from what we thought we already knew about the Olympian.

    Mo Farah reveals his true story (photo: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

    He says he was given the name Mohamed Farah when he was brought to the UK illegally as a child and forced to work as a servant.

    The Olympic gold medal winner told the true story about what happened to him as a child in a television documentary about his life that aired last week.

    Mo has revealed that he was flown to the UK from Djibouti in East Africa, aged nine, by a woman he had never met. He left behind his own mother and siblings, including his twin brother, and was madeto look after another family’s children in the UK.

    “For years I just kept blocking it out,” the Team GB athlete says now. “But you can only block it out for so long.”

    Mo had said before that he came to the UK from Somalia with his parents as a refugee.

    Read this week’s First News, where we look more closely at Mo’s story.


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