the real’ Mo Farah whose identity was allegedly used for smuggling Team GB Held in Britain to work as a house slave, Held is a ‘penniless’ Somali student living in Turkey who dreams of meeting his namesake in the flesh.
Mohammed Farah, 39, like Sir Mo, was born into poverty in Mogadishu and is now studying at Istanbul Aydin University, which offers science and engineering courses.
He traveled to Turkey two years ago with a “dream” of living in Britain and said he would like to meet the Olympic champion in person.
Mohammed Farah, 39, like Sir Mo, was born into poverty in Mogadishu, Somalia, and is now studying at Istanbul Aydin University
Speak with The sun Speaking of Sir Mo’s revelations in the BBC documentary released last week, he said: “It was crazy.
“People have been calling me and texting me – friends and media from all over the world.”
In the stunning documentary, when asked about bringing the real Mo Farah to the UK, Sir Mo said: “I’ll do my best to make that happen.”
Students at his university in Istanbul said of the prospect: “Mohammed was definitely very excited to go to England and would talk a lot about it.
“That was his dream.”
He shared a room with other international students from Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan for two pounds a day.
Mohammed is said to have moved out of his old student accommodation to a “more spacious” spot two months ago, fellow students revealed.
It is not known if Sir Mo helped Mr Farah financially.
As well as their turbulent childhood, the couple also share a love of football – and both are Arsenal fans.
As a child, Mohamed’s mother took him to Kenya to Nairobi after his father Mukhtar Farah left and he attended a school for underprivileged children.
Mohammed traveled to Turkey two years ago with a “dream” of living in Britain and said he would like to meet the Olympic champion in person
Sir Mo (pictured with his wife Tania) was brought to the UK by a woman named Nimco Farah and claims Mukhtar is his real father
He then went on to study at Kenyatta University before reconnecting with his father in 2019 and moving to Somaliland to live with him.
He stayed for around a year before leaving for Turkey in 2020.
Sir Mo was brought to the UK by a woman named Nimco Farah and claims Mukhtar is his real father.
Ms Farah’s family members have claimed she was coerced and did not treat him like a slave.
Nimco Farah, 54, said she was forced to bring the future Olympian into the country on a fake visa and has denied claims she treated him like a slave
Sir Mo, 39, used a bombastic BBC documentary this week to reveal his secret backstory: His real name is Hussein Abdi Kahin, but he was given the name Mohamed Farah when he was kidnapped in the UK aged nine.
On Friday, Ms Farah, 54, said she was ready to speak to police who are investigating the case.
She told friends and relatives in west London, where she lives, that she was the “victim of a witch hunt” but was dying to be heard so her account of Sir Mo’s early life in Britain and how he got here can be published.
Her son Ahmed, 33, said Mo Farah’s arrival in the UK was due to a last-minute change of plans.
Mukhtar Farah was Nimco’s husband when Sir Mo Farah was smuggled into the UK