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Photo of Somali man buried before stoned to death for adultery, not Christian convert

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A photo posted on Facebook on 16 September 2020 shows a man buried in soil up to his chest while two other men shovel more soil around him.

Its caption has caused confusion. “This woman you are seeing here is a Muslem but got married to a Christian man,” it reads.

“The man was stoned to death while the newly Islamic Christian convert was buried alive. And the question is; ‘why is this barbaric happenings still going on in this modern and civilized society as us?’’”

Comments on the post point out that there is no woman in the photo, with some asking where and when the incident happened. 

We checked.



Photo and report from 2009


A Google reverse image search reveals that the photo has been in used different reports about men who were stoned to death for converting from Islam to Christianity. 

But the photo is almost 11 years old and has a different story.

A blog post published on 15 December 2009, which quotes the AFP global news agency, identifies the partially buried man as Mohamed Abukar Ibrahim, 48. He was stoned to death by Islamic militants in front of hundreds of locals in a village about 20 miles from Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. He was accused of adultery. 

The photo shows the militants burying Ibrahim before he was killed. The blog post shows four other photos of the incident, attributed to the Associated Press. The New York Post also published the report with one of the photos, the same day. – Allwell Okpi

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