“The Funeral prayers of late Marshall Idriss Deby Itno the Chadi President,” the caption reads in part. “Sad day for Tchad and west Africa at large.”
But does this photo really show his funeral? We checked.
Lol Mahamat Choua’s funeral
A Google reverse image search reveals that the photo has been online at least since 16 September 2019.
We found similar photos, clearly of the same event, in articles on the French-language news sites Tchad Convergence and Le Pays, both dated 16 September 2019. The reports were on the funeral of Chad’s former president Lol Mahamat Choua, in the country’s capital of N’Djamena.
The photo was taken during Choua’s funeral, not Déby’s. Déby’s funeral was on 25 April 2021.
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