AP Photo/Themba Hadebe
The original image posted by Human Rights Watch. AP Photo/Themba Hadebe

A photo being shared online claiming to show Mt Kenya residents lining up for relief food is FALSE.

The photo, shared by Facebook user Sakita Jackson on October 24, 2022, claimed that the residents of Mt Kenya were receiving relief food for the first time in history.

Dismay in Mt. Kenya as starving and angry locals endure shame to line up in long queues for the first time ever in history to receive relief food. Barely a month after UDA promised bountiful harvests from farms,” the user captioned the image.

Business Today conducted a reverse image search on Google and found that the image was taken near Laudium, southwest of Pretoria, South Africa, on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

The original photo depicted people affected by the coronavirus economic downturn, lining up to receive food donations at the Iterileng informal settlement near Laudium, southwest of Pretoria, according to Human Rights Watch.

The image claims that the people queuing in the photo are Mt Kenya residents seeking relief food is therefore false.

This fact-check was produced by BUSINESS TODAY with support from Code for Africa’s PesaCheck, African Fact Checking Alliance network and the United Nations Development Programme.

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