Former US president Barack Obama’s aunt Hawa Auma Magak dies of stroke at her home in Kasipul
The only surviving aunt of former US President Barack Obama, Mama Hawa Auma Magak, has died of a stroke at the age of 79 years.
Hawa died on Thursday minutes before 1am in her home at Kokal Kambero Village, Kasipul Constituency in Homa Bay County.
She had been discharged from Rachuonyo South Sub-county hospital five days ago for home-based care because her condition was not improving.
Hawa was a younger sister to Barack Obama Senior, the father of former US President Barack Obama.
Confirming the death, Hawa’s eldest son Razick Magak said her mother died at 12.50 am, adding that she had battled with stroke for more than two years.
According to Razick, the stroke afflicted her mother’s health over the period and the family had made several efforts to aid her get medical care but the disease persisted.
He says that the late Hawa had been admitted in Kisii County Referral Hospital and Rachuonyo South Sub- County hospital in Homa Bay besides trying herbal medication until she passed on.
Razick described Hawa as a dedicated mother who brought them up after the death of his father David Magak in 1993, and added that she was industrious, as seen in her charcoal business in Oyugis town for over 40 years.
Hawa is Muslim will be buried on Thursday at her home in accordance with Muslim tradition.