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The Trump effect: Mo Farah feels isolated

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Mo Farah (Image Credit: The Times)

Kolkata: Sir Mo Farah has been left alienated from his own homeland as the US President Donald Trump pops up in another international affair. The Olympic hero for Britain has his family of 5, a wife and 4 kids who reside in Somalia, which is among the countries Donald Trump banned entry of nationals from. The Olympic gold-medalist said on Facebook “On 1st January this year, Her Majesty the Queen made me a Knight of the Realm. On 27th January, President Donald Trump seems to have made me an alien.”

He was welcomed to the United Kingdom when he was 8 and has since made history for them on every attempt he made, the 33-year-old feels that it is injustice to not have the right to visit his homeland and also has the emotional dissatisfaction of not being home back to his family. Sir Mo Farah said “It’s deeply troubling that I will have to tell my children that Daddy might not be able to come home – to explain why the President has introduced a policy that comes from a place of ignorance and prejudice,”

The factors coming into play are not only the banning of Muslim countries, but also the problem it creates for several immigrants from there. As perfectly quoted by himself, “I am a British citizen who has lived in America for the past six years – working hard, contributing to society, paying my taxes and bringing up our four children in the place they now call home.” Shall a British citizen go through all this despite paying his taxes and contributing to the society in all means, or is this rise of semi-anarchy have a plus side to it. The country still unanswerable to its hero as the rise of conflict among the new Presidential rule, adds another page to its file.

 (With inputs from The Express Tribune)