Mo Farah Urged To Help War-Torn Somalia

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 8, 2013
  • Updated Feb. 8, 2013 at 10:14 AM UTC
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The country’s president wants him to inspire young people.

Even though he is a British citizen, double Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah has Somali roots. He fled the perilous East African country with his family as a child.

Now, the president of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, is asking for Farah to return to Somalia and play a role in leading it.

“People like Mo Farah have a very big role in reconciliation and trust building in Somalia,” Mohamoud said. “Mo [Farah] can be a very good role model for young people. It’s a good time to seek the support of people like Mo Farah. Our people did not leave the country by choice but there were circumstances that compelled them to leave and made them a diaspora here. Those difficulties are now becoming an opportunity. We have people like Mo Farah who are highly qualified. This is a real asset for us.”

Farah currently lives in Portland, Oregon and trains under coach Alberto Salazar.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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