'Granny' Obama Survives Car Crash

91-year-old Sarah Obama slightly injured in Kenya accident

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 7, 2012 12:11 AM CST

(Newser) – President Obama's 91-year-old step-grandmother is recovering from minor injuries suffered in a car accident near her village in Kenya. Sarah Obama, the second wife of Obama's paternal grandfather, was treated for bruises and shock after the car she was in rolled over, AP reports. "God is with me, because if you could have seen the wreckage that we came out of safe, one would wonder," she told ABC News.

"You can see I was not injured save for this small scar on my right hand and I am not even using a walking stick," she said. Obama referred to her in his memoir Dreams from My Father as "Granny," and described meeting her during his 1988 trip to his father's homeland. She has been to the US several times and Obama has visited her village three times. The Kenyan government boosted security around her home after she was threatened by al-Qaeda last year.

Sarah Obama, second from right, receives a courtesy call from local police officers after the accident in Kogelo, western Kenya.
Sarah Obama, second from right, receives a courtesy call from local police officers after the accident in Kogelo, western Kenya.   (AP Photo)
Sarah Obama in 2008 holds a photograph of her and her grandson the President as she speaks to the media  in the village of Kogelo.
Sarah Obama in 2008 holds a photograph of her and her grandson the President as she speaks to the media in the village of Kogelo.   (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)
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