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No, photo of convoy not ‘Kenyatta going for haircut’ – it’s hearses carrying MH17 crash victims

A Facebook user has posted two photos comparing the lifestyles of Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya.

In the first, the Dutch leader is seen riding a bicycle. The second shows a line of over two dozen vehicles taking up one side of a highway – Kenyatta “going in a convoy for a haircut”.

The caption reads: “Prime Minister of Netherlands Mark Rutte on a bicycle going to work while on the right picture is President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta going in a convoy for a haircut.”

It was posted on a Facebook page with over 89,000 followers, where it’s attracted some 180 reactions, dozens of comments and 200 shares. It’s also been shared on a page with over 130,000 members.

Convoy shows repatriation of MH17 victims in 2014

The first photo is of Rutte riding a bike, as he often does. But the image of the convoy isn’t Kenyatta going for a haircut.

A reverse image search reveals the photo is of a convoy of hearses transporting the remains of people killed in the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 plane crash to a military base in the Netherlands on 24 July 2014.

The plane was travelling from the Dutch city of Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia when it crashed in eastern Ukraine on 17 July 2014, killing all 298 people on board. The aircraft was reportedly shot down by a missile.

‘Caption is correct’

The photo of the convoy is one of many from the event available as stock news photography on Getty Images. It is labelled “repatriation of the victims from Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash”.

The photographer is credited as Peter Macdiarmid.

Africa Check contacted Macdiarmid, who confirmed that “the caption attached to that image is correct”. –  Dancan Bwire (26/03/2019)


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