IN SHORT: A photo of passengers boarding a Kenya Airways flight is doing the rounds in Kenya, with the claim that it shows foreigners fleeing the country ahead of protests. This is not true. The photo is of student athletes in 2013.
Photos circulating on Facebook in Kenya show passengers boarding a Kenya Airways plane.
The accompanying text reads: “Happening now at JKIA. Why are diplomats leaving Kenya in such a hurry and short notice? Is there something they know that we don't?”
In a joint statement on 18 July, a group of embassies and high commissions expressed concern over the violence and destruction of property during the protests.
The circulating photos allege that foreign diplomats are leaving the country over the insecurity and chaos caused by the nationwide protests.
This claim, if believed, could influence Kenyans’ perception of the protests’ effectiveness and possibly lead to less foreign investment in the country.
The photos have also been posted here on Facebook.
But are these photos of diplomats leaving Kenya in a hurry and on short notice? We checked.
Image from 2013 of student athletes
The group was on a mission to donate shoes and clothes to those in need, and offer their athletic expertise.
The photo from 2013 was of US student athletes, and not of foreign diplomats leaving Kenya in 2023.
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