Warning: This report links to a distressing photo of a mass funeral.
The first shows at least a hundred dead bodies piled on two trestles. People in reddish robes are seen standing around and between the dead.
The text reads: “Plz Share This if you are a True Muslim so that world come to know whats happening with Muslims in Burma.”
The text reads: “The Chinese have started to produce canned beef with their dead bodies and sending them to Africa.”
Images from video game promotion
“This is what is happening to muslim ummah in burma now… They are killing Muslim ummah and sending there are dead body to Chinese and produce a stuff name canned beef… And they are sending this stuff to African now… Which there name it corned beef… Please be warn… If you get across it don’t buy it… Because is an human being body.”
Funeral for Tibetan earthquake victims
But what about the first image? Does it show Muslims murdered in Burma/Myanmar?
It doesn’t. The dead are victims of a massive earthquake that hit the Tibetan plateau in April 2010, killing at least 3,000 people. The figures in reddish robes are Tibetan monks preparing the cremation of some of the victims.
Rohingya persecution in Burma/Myanmar
The Rohingya are a minority community, about 1.1 million people, who practise Islam. Although they aren’t the only Muslim community in Burma/Myanmar, they are the largest. They have been described as “the world’s most persecuted people”.
In 2017 Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN high commissioner for human rights, said the Burma/Myanmar government’s treatment of the Rohingya minority appeared to be a “textbook example” of ethnic cleansing.
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