Mo Farah holds back tears as he meets the ‘real’ Mohamed Farah

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A visibly emotional Sir Mo Farah was holding back the tears after meeting the man whose name he took for the very first time over the phone.

The four-time Olympic champion, who was born Hussein Abdi Kahin, revealed in a stunning BBC documentary this week that he was illegally trafficked to the UK from east Africa as a child after his father was killed in the Somalian civil war – assuming the name of another boy.

"I can't believe I'm speaking to you," Farah tells the man whose name he took when smuggled to Britain. "I've carried your name for years, and I'm very proud of what I have achieved, but I always wondered, 'where is Mohamed, is he OK?' I think about it all the time."

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The two share a few stories about their lives and families, all the while charmingly referring to each other as 'brother'.

The Arsenal-supporting long-distance runner then insists he wants to bring Mohamed to the UK so they can meet in person – especially after finding out that he's also a fellow Gooner!

"I would love to come to the UK," the 'real' Mohamed says, to which Farah replies: "I would personally like to meet you [and] I will try my best to make that happen."

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Afterwards, Sir Mo said it felt "amazing" to speak to his namesake.

"I didn’t get the answer that I was looking for, why was I brought over here? I still don’t know, but most importantly for me today, the answer I got, that relief from Mohamed saying, you’re still my brother and for me, I couldn’t ask for a better thing," he said.

"I feel like something’s been lifted off of my shoulders. But that’s just me. I don’t know how everyone’s gonna see it."

Elsewhere in the powerful documentary, Farah revealed that he travelled to the UK with a woman and her children under the pretence that she would be taking him to stay with a relative, though in fact he was forced to cook, clean and look after the children in their flat in Hounslow, London.

Speaking candidly, Farah said: "The hardest thing admitting is that someone from my family may have been involved in trafficking me."

The future Olympian started going to school aged 12, and managed to escape his domestic servant hell after informing his PE teacher Alan Watkinson of the situation, and was soon sent to live with the aunt of the real Mo Farah, Kinsi.

"I tried to find out what is going on with you," Kinsi told Sir Mo. "The lady, she always make you do the housework, to have the kids, give them their milk, to change their nappy and all these things.

"What I know is she didn’t bring you as a human being, to help you, no. If I tell you the truth, this is not your fault. Your name is a gift to you, our gift to you."

Farah also visited his real mother Aisha and brothers who live in Somaliland, after they re-discovered each other 20 years ago.

"Never in my life did I think I would see you or your children alive," Aisha tells him. "We were living in a place with nothing, no cattle, and destroyed land. We all thought we were dying.

"I sent you away because of the war. I sent you off to your uncle in Djibouti so you could have something."

The UK Home Office has the power to legally strip individuals of their British citizenship if it's found they obtained theirs illegally, but the department has insisted that no action "whatsoever" will be taken against Mr Farah in light of the revelations made in the documentary.

Check out the full programme here.


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