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The trials of Omar, Obama’s uncle

For almost 50 years, the president’s uncle has lived in relative obscurity. Now - facing possible deportation - he may wish for a less-famous name.

Stephen “Hummer’’ Holmes, the soccer coach at the former Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, was standing on a wind-whipped field in 1963 when he met the most talented soccer player he would ever work with. A new student at school, that young man had loped on to the field barefoot and without shin guards, ready to play just as he did back home in Kenya.

His name was Omar Okech Obama.

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