By Rachid Acim
By Rachid Acim
Morocco World News
Beni Mellal, Morocco, June 1, 2012
“Mama Sarah” is not my mother. She is not your mother, either. But she is the mother of so many distressed children – Kenyan drop-outs, orphans and even widows. She is also supposed to be the grandmother of U.S. President Barack Obama. This woman is immensely intelligent but very modest. She has much of the inner African beauty wherein the black skin betrays love, care and empathy for humanity.
Despite her old age, she is in excellent physical shape. She has a good memory remembering every minute detail about the President’s Kenyan linkage. She is not the iron lady of Great Britain, but I guess she has similar traits indicative of the Albanian charismatic woman, Mother Teresa.
While the second was Christian, the first is a Muslim. However, both ladies struggled for human welfare and dignity. They denounced wars, violence and poverty. What is more, both cared for poor children and devoted most of their time to serving the diseased and the orphaned.
In Western Kenya, “Mama Sarah” is opening her house to all visitors. She is also opening her heart to dozens of orphaned children and those who are vulnerable. She has set up a children’s foundation, and she collected donations for these miserable people. This is a fabulous woman. Through her hands, the President of the United States has passed and intellectually grown.
She is monolingual. She cannot speak English as fluently as her grandson. But her heart speaks so many languages, wavering between love and care. She is jovially looking, open-minded and very friendly especially to strangers and visitors.
Soon immediately after the victory of her grandson in U.S Presidential elections, “Mama Sarah” became very famous worldwide. She was able to visit many countries like Libya, Saudi Arabia, Rwanda and America. She was able to sit with officials, men of great caliber like ambassadors, ministers and even presidents. Her message was only love, nothing else.
In 2010, she went to perform the Hajj-Pilgrimage. There she was a guest to the king. Journalists who interviewed the woman confessed that she was extraordinary, but too reluctant to talk about politics. Her presence in Mecca again left many doubts about the faith of her grandson, President Obama. Is he a Muslim or a Christian? Or both?
Other questions that kept hammering in the minds of Americans are: Did Mr. Obama ever frequent a Muslim Mosque? Did he ever read the Koran? Did he ever observe Islamic holidays with his family in Kenya?
“Mama Sarah” had the answer, but she couldn’t divulge it. She was the most qualified person to unravel all the mysteries about the first African man to step in the white house as a President; hence, she could not clean up whatever skepticism that many could maintain desperately about Mr. Obama.
Best known for a recoding wherein she declared through a translator that her grandson was born in Hawaii, “Mama Sarah” remained so mysterious. But if ever you sit next to her, you wouldn’t know she is the grandmother of the U.S president. She is very humble, always dressed in Kenyan traditional large multicolored clothes. She is the de facto leader of peace and love in her country.
Nothing escaped her eyes, which would capture everything around her. The nickname she gained was assigned to her because she was serving as a mother to children in a dire need of education, special care and motherly love. The name Sarah itself is consistently popular throughout the world. It is used by Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike. Newborn girls in many areas of the world, some decades ago, had borne the name like “Mama Sarah,” but few had her distinct virtues.
Some reports claimed that she is housing lots of children suffering from HIV and other contagious diseases like Malaria. The sole objective she had is to bring the smile to these Kenyan children, help them receive their education, encourage them to learn and grow comfortably like their counterparts in Europe and America. She does not want to see them turning into street children or outcasts; she is strongly determined to guarantee their schooling and education.
“Mama Sarah” as the aborigines call her, is playing the role of the father and the mother for these children. She is bestowing on them the parental love they terribly lacked as children. And as she is the grandmother of the U.S president, international news correspondents and local journalists were striving to speak to her. They wanted to find out the missing events of the puzzling story in Mr. Obama’s life. Yet, the woman is very wise. She knows how to answer.
She was in a terrible automobile accident when the driver lost control of the vehicle and rolled the car, but she was safe. Almost all her compatriots paid a visit to her. After the accident, she declared openly, “I am the grandmother of all Kenyans.” Providence was with this woman. The wreckage was awfully shocking and she never expected to escape unharmed.
When Mr. Obama won the American elections and was appointed President of the United States, she felt so happy and could not believe the news. She would always listen to the radio, follow the news about America and her grandson. Her name reminds me of the wife of the Prophet Abraham, the paragon of virtue and devotion. Likewise, it indicates a woman of high rank – a lovely African princess.