Why did Mo Farah move to England? I'm A Celeb star reveals he left Somalia aged 8!

Questions of why Mo Farah moved to England rose – as the I’m A Celeb star revealed he left his birth country Somalia when he was 8 years old.

The celebrities currently living inside Gwyrch Castle, Wales, have come out with many personal stories as they grow closer as friends.

Amongst them, Olympian Mo Farah opened up about the fact he moved to England from Somalia when he was 8 years old.

Viewers began to wonder, why did Mo move to England? Was there a specific reason? We done some research to find out why…

Screenshot: Mo Farah, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, Series 20 Episode 8, ITV

Mo reveals he moved to England aged 8

Mo said that when he first moved to London, he thought it was amazing. He also spoke about his twin brother Hassan, who has 10 children.

He said the scariest thing was being brought into a classroom when he was not able to speak a word of English. Mo continued:

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I was just looking around. I was amazed by people, with their blonde hair and blue eyes, I was different. I think because I was good at sports, it was easier for me to fit in with people.

Mo said other children had respect for him because he was good at sports.

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Why did Mo Farah move to England?

  • It was revealed that Mo had to leave due to the civil war in Somalia

After fleeing from Mogadishu to Gabiley with his family, Farah spent his early childhood as a refugee in Djibouti with his twin brother.

However, he was then “sent away” with his father to England.

Mo’s parents decided to send 3 of their 6 children, including Mo, to Britain -with hopes for them to have a better life.

Mo Farah’s twin brother Hassan told the Mail Online:

Like many Somali families we were torn apart by war. In my case it felt more tragic than most. I feel I lost the other half of myself.

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Mo Farah’s move to England

When he first moved to England from Somalia at the age of 8, he initially struggled with the language barrier and spoke very little English.

He first got a job at McDonald’s, when his athletic talent was first identified by his PE teacher Alan Watkinson.

Mo then joined Borough of Hounslow Athletics Club in west London, and later won the first of five English school titles in cross-country.

Now, he is the most successful British track athlete in modern Olympic Games history, and is the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medallist in the 5000 m and 10,000 m.



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