Sir Mo Farah and I even have so much in widespread. We are each born in Somaliland. And we each misplaced half of our relations in the course of the Isaaq genocide. But in contrast to Mo, who has simply revealed that his actual identify is Hussein, I held my mom’s hand after I landed safely again within the UK. Unfortunately, this is just not the story of Sir Mo. He has advised the BBC that he was traded into the UK on another person’s passport one thing I do know occurred to numerous younger Somalis within the late 80s and early 90s.
Many of the trades ended up with relations looking ahead to them right here. But others like Mo ended up being exploited. One factor I even have realized as a little one refugee and FGM survivor is that there are all the time evil individuals. And they know the authorized loopholes to assist these making an attempt to get away with human rights violations. When dad and mom would have completed something to get their kids secure, smugglers noticed a possibility to become profitable. I do hardly speak concerning the struggles I noticed returning to Britain as a refugee. Like Mo, a few of the individuals who got here again with us on our airplane have been not those they mentioned they have been. When I used to be rising up, I noticed numerous tales like Mo’s. As one among the one individuals who speaks Somali and English in my major college, I keep in mind having to translate for traumatized kids.
Many of them lived beneath false names to which they didn’t reply as a result of they didn’t perceive what was happening. Unfortunately, some lived with individuals who have been not as loving as they thought they ought to be.
Coming to the UK with a totally different id meant that they not solely misplaced who they have been however who their kids needed to be. The psychological gymnastics you will have to do to search out out who is said to who at a household occasion would shock you, however that is nothing new to me. However, I can see the confusion on the faces of kids who do not know what their dad and mom went by way of to get right here.
By telling his story, Mo has reminded us of that right now extra persons are enslaved and traded than ever earlier than.
To cope with this disaster, we want kindness. That doesn’t imply searching for to punish a person who has been by way of greater than any of us might think about. I hope Mo (Hussein) is aware of that he continues to be our 2012 hero and that his chivalry persists regardless of what. The story of Mos is the story of a lot of us who’ve referred to as this nation and this metropolis house for years.
Nimco Ali (OBE)
Independent authorities adviser on tackling VAWG, creator and part-time troublemaker. Views all mine