Barack Obama is fluent in Indonesian

When the Obama sister revealed the truth about the father

Who does not know him: Barack Obama, the first black President of the United States, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, the man under whose aegis public enemy number 1 Osama bin Laden was hunted down? Everybody knows him. But who knows his older (half) sister Auma Obama? The Germany-affine Germanist, committed child rights activist and television presenter?

Barack Obama Sr., who died in a traffic accident in 1982 at the age of 43, had seven children with three wives. The US president has six half-siblings, although no difference is made in African families. “There are no half-siblings in our Luo culture. The designation creates a gap between the siblings that is alienating, ”says 54-year-old Auma Obama in an interview with“ Die Welt ”. “Nobody should be downgraded by the addition of 'half', family is family. With half one suggests a distance, but my brother Barack and I are very close. "

Barack Obama's father was a "torn alcoholic"

Auma and Barack have the same father but different mothers. Auma's mother is called Kezia Obama and now lives in England. The president's mother was named Stanley Ann Dunham and died in 1995. It was not until the age of 24 that Auma met her then-unknown brother for the first time. Back in 1984, Barack Obama was working as a social worker in Chicago and had previously sent Auma an invitation to Heidelberg, where she was studying at the time. The meeting in Chicago was a revelation for both of them, perhaps more so for Barack than for his sister.