Obama’s Half-Brother Writes Tale of Their Father’s Abuse

November 4, 2009

(ChattahBox)— President Barack Obama has a number of far-flung half siblings, many of whom he has never met and barely knows. The President’s father, whom he met only once after his parent’s divorce, had six additional children. One of President Obama’s half-siblings, Mark Ndesandjo wrote a self-published novel recently, detailing his childhood in Kenya, and the domestic abuse he and his mother suffered at the hands of his father.

Ndesandjo, who now lives in China and is married to a Chinese woman, has consistently refused any media interviews, since his half-brother President Obama, became a world leader. And when questioned about his book, he refused to even give his age, only admitting that he was younger than President Obama.

The quiet strategic marketing executive says, he wrote “Nairobi to Shenzhen” to deal with his own childhood demons and to raise awareness of the pain of domestic violence.

“My father beat my mother and my father beat me, and you don’t do that. It’s something which I think affected me for a long time, and it’s something that I’ve just recently come to terms with,” Ndesandjo told the Associated Press.

“I remember situations when I was growing up, and there would be a light coming from our living room, and I could hear thuds,” he added through tears.

“I could hear thuds and screams, and my father’s voice and my mother shouting. I remember one night when she ran out into the street and she didn’t know where to go,” said Ndesandjo.

Barack Obama Senior met Ndesandjo’s mother Ruth Nidesand while he was a student at Harvard University, soon after divorcing the president’s mother. After marrying, the couple moved to Barack Senior’s native Kenya, where they had Ndesandjo and another son, David who died in an accident some years ago.

The couple divorced and Ndesandjo and his mother Ruth returned to the United States. Nsesandjo is an American citizen and was schooled in the U.S., working a corporate job, which he gave up after the September 11 attacks.

Ndesandjo is extremely proud of his half-brother’s accomplishments saying that Obama’s election as president, helped “peel away the hardness” that he developed during his childhood. “I became proud of being an Obama,” said Ndesandjo.

Ndesandjo met President Obama in Washington and Texas last year. When they met Ndesandjo said, “He came up to me, and we hugged … I was just thinking of how happy I was and how proud and how much I loved him.”

Ndesandjo is looking forward to introducing his wife to President Obama, when he visits Beijing later this month saying, that “she is his biggest fan.”



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