Araweelo News NetworkLondon(ANN)Mo Farah’s brother says he faces being deported from Britain to war-torn Somalia and fears he will be killed if he is forced to return.
Ahmed Farah, 27, was just two years old when he was brought to Britain 25 years ago with the Olympic athlete, who was then aged eight.
He has spoken about the possibility of being deported after serving a four-and-a-half year prison sentence for false imprisonment during a knife raid. Legal hearings are thought to have currently been delayed.
He told The Sunday Mirror: “I can’t go back to where Mo and I were born – it is too dangerous. I’m scared I would end up dead. I feel there’s no hope for me.”
He added: “I’m afraid for my life. I know I’m not going to survive out there. Everything is different. I can’t even fathom how it’s going to be. I can’t cover up my history. I’m going to be an outcast. People would attack me.”
Speaking about the raid which landed him in jail, he added: “I wasn’t a horrible person. I made a hell of a mistake and now I’m paying with my life. My lifestyle was bad.”
Ahmed, who lives in a flat in west London, said he was no longer in touch with his brother but said he was “proud” of what the athlete had achieved.
His younger brother Mahad called on the athlete, who became estranged from some family members after his aunt took him in, to help.
He claimed he wouldn’t “have a life any more” if Ahmed was deported and added: “I don’t even want to think about life without this guy.”
Mo Farah has made history after winning the “double double” – gold medals in both the 5,000m and 10,000m – at two consecutive Olympics.
Fans have since called for him to be knighted. The runner will compete at the World Athletics Championships in London next year.
A spokesman for the Home Office said it does not comment on individual cases.
But he added: “This Government puts the rights of the British public before those of criminals, and foreign nationals who abuse our hospitality by committing crimes in the UK should be in no doubt of our determination to deport them.”