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Claim: Photograph shows Barack Obama with various family members.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, March 2008]
Origins: The photograph displayed above does include some members of Senator Barack Obama's extended family, but the captions added to the picture are fictitious ones created for denigrative political purposes. Someone simply slapped a bunch of names and descriptions that have no basis in reality onto a group picture; everyone in the photo other than Barack Obama himself is misidentified.
Several of the persons shown in this photograph are relatives and children of Senator Barack Obama's biological father, Barack Hussein
Barack Obama saw his biological father, who died in an automobile accident in 1982, on only one occasion after his parents separated. As far as we have been able to determine, Barack Obama did not meet any of the people shown in this photograph until he was an adult.
The persons pictured here are:
Front row (left to right): Auma Obama (Barack's half-sister), Kezia Obama (Auma's mother), Sarah Hussein Onyango Obama (the third wife of Barack's paternal grandfather), Zeituni Onyango (Barack's aunt).
Back row (left to right): Sayid Obama (Barack's uncle), Barack Obama, Abongo [Roy] Obama (Barack's half-brother), unidentified woman, Bernard Obama (Barack's half-brother), Abo Obama (Barack's half-brother).
Last updated: 20 March 2008
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