Nigerian Christians Burnt Alive Photo: Hate Mongering Fake

A horrifying photo has surfaced on Facebook, one that claims the dead, charred bodies in the photo are Christians burnt alive by Muslims in Nigera. A common caption reads reads: Christians burnt alive by Sunni Muslims in NIGERIA...(Posted by Jillian Becker in Africa, Arab States, Christianity, Christians burnt alive by Sunni Muslims, Islam, Muslims, jihad).....PLEASE SHARE IT OR JUST UPLOAD YOUR OWN...BUT SOMEHOW SPREAD IT IF YOU'RE EVEN 1% CHRISTIAN — It is still not over yet! — As expected, enraged comments ensue. Problem is.. the photo itself is real but the story attached to it is fake.

Sponsored links already took this photo to task with an excellent dissertation posted several months ago, yet the story continues to be passed around. That site will show you that the charred bodes were in fact a result of a tanker explosion in the Congo. Because they have already posted an authoritative rebuttal to this photo, such a discussion isn’t necessary here. I urge you to read their blog if you have any doubts about the photo.

This is just another example of social media’s tendency to repost first and ask questions later. Such was the case recently when a false story took hold about a “trend” of nails being placed in cheese in dog parks. The “trend” ended up being a single occurrence in South America. Or when a photo of  dead coyotes hanging from a fence was posted on Facebook and attributed to “Spanish bastards” with no corroborating links. When people see these heart-tugging photos in their Facebook newsfeed, their knee-jerk reaction is the be upset and re-post. Doing so when the story ends up being fake makes the re-poster an inadvertent proponent of a hoax.

(Another popular photo on Facebook, that of a child in a hospital bed, is yet another heart-wrenching photo that most people assume is a child in need of medical aid, when in fact it was a photo of him post-surgery.)

It’s unfortunate that someone would take a horrible accident and create a new divisive, hateful story from it in order to promote their point of view.

If you see something on Facebook or Twitter that enrages you, investigate the story first rather than angrily commenting and re-posting. Doing so on a fake story will only make you feel foolish when one of your friends leaves the inevitable “That’s a fake story” comment. In fact, sharing or commenting on such a fake photo makes you an pawn of the originator, in this case a hate mongering blog playing on the fears and differences of religious beliefs.

In that regard, the originator of the fake story had to result to pathetic and desperate means to get readers fired up, rather than posting solid, engaging content.

If someone re-posts a story on Facebook, think again before re-posting it. If they post a story that enrages you, think twice.


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47 Comments on Nigerian Christians Burnt Alive Photo: Hate Mongering Fake

  1. Thanks for the info , I always google Facebook “news” before biting the propaganda hook, sites like this sway others to do the same

  2. yah, that is why we have to know what really had happened, not just jump into conclusion with just reading few sentences from the posted news. it’s prejudice! i hate those people who are making ways just to “play the fears and the differences in the religious beliefs of other people”.

    Thank you for making these things clear to us.


  3. can you send me the real web that this picture available.

  4. how can i believe like the person you Belem false history. how can i make sure my self if your evidence is truth. give me solid evidence if you can.

  5. Thank you for the information. I saw this on facebook too.

  6. thank u very much for defending us Muslims…i dunno if u are one but i am very3 grateful indeed…peace =)

  7. The Loonwatch link goes to a 404 error (page not found.) Thought you’d want to know.

    • Thanks for pointing that out mrsl… Apparently they updated the article in the past 24 hours, which altered the url. I have updated it above.

  8. it seems that this is a hate-mongering fake photo, apparently taken from an oil tanker crash explosion in eastern Congo and purposely mis-captioned to anger us:

  9. To prove that indeed the story about Nigerian Christians being burnt alive is a hoax, below are links from Reuters, MSNBC, France 24 etc. This hoax story is obviously helping to spread anti-Islam sentiments among people.

    Spread the TRUTH.

  10. Well…the name on the wanted poster is YOUR face, but the crimes you are going to be executed for are real.

    Sorry for the mix up.

  11. Robert Spinster // October 17, 2011 at 2:30 pm // Reply

    This is so typical of Islamophobes.

    To twist and turn to suit their own agenda.

    How utterly pathetic…

  12. Michael Hanley // October 17, 2011 at 4:09 pm // Reply

    I for one, I’m sick of Islamophobia thing. The Christian needs to THINK WITH THEIR BRAINS, NOT WITH THEIR HEARTS!
    I lived for many years at few Muslim countries, been to Iran, and I have NEVER EXPERIENCE anything like Muslim-killing-Christians. In fact, they live PEACEFULLY with them, like in Iran, they have Jews living with the Shiite-Muslim there for MANY YEARS.
    Don’t let the Western news made a PERCEPTION for you Christians. They made a perception to put that in your head, especially to those Christians who have never met a Muslim or get along with them. This hoax stories isn’t the first time. I’ve seen many. I’m not saying all but there many DEVIL (not Evil but Devil!) CHRISTIANS out there who call themselves a ‘Christian’.
    I am NOT backing up the Muslims. But I’m backing up the TRUTH! This is INSANE. Christians are DOOM to believe in such things created by the Anti-Muslims, without making a research the false claims. Nuff said from me!

    • Careful though. I have close contact with opendoors, christians in muslim countries often have no problems when they are from the outside (not always as you can google the name tilmann geske for example). But the big problems are for those that were muslims and convert to christianity. I know one person who experienced this and have gheard of many many storied like this in Pakistan, Ouzbekistan, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan to name only few…
      I know missionaries that worked in some muslim countries and yes persecution is real. Maybe read “I dared to call him father” by Bilquis Sheikh

  13. Eric de Leon // October 17, 2011 at 6:24 pm // Reply

    We are all GOD’s children whether we are Muslims, Christians, Buddist etc. There are no religions that I know of that teaches cruelty to a fellow human being until we pervert it w/ our self righteousness, selfishness. Some of us even have a messianic attitude. Let us respect each other’s religious beliefs as we are all decent human beings created in the image and likeness of GOD who is our Creator…. Im a Christian ! Eric de Leon, Metro Manila,Philippines

    • i agree with you ……but we cant change our religion as we adopted it from our elders ……. but the truth is that we all will die one day ….and are the men of God… say God we say Allah …. this is not a big difference ……we must beware of the propoganda against each other …God bless us All !!

  14. Eric de Leon // October 17, 2011 at 6:31 pm // Reply

    I don’t beleive that our Muslim brethern will do such a thing… Eric de Leon, Metro Manila, Philippines

  15. facebookusersince2008 // October 17, 2011 at 8:46 pm // Reply

    i’ve learned my lesson about this kind of hoax a long time ago so whenever i see something like this on facebook, i don’t buy it instantly. my initial reaction is hitting my google bookmark and find something that confirms that post.

    people should learn to control their emotions. like what the popular tv network in our country says on their social media campaign.. i’d say Think first before you CLICK!

  16. I don’t quite agree with this incident.How do u prove it is not done by muslims? They can bomb down a tower in US or other terrorist activity.For this case it could be real that they really killed the christians. from:free -tinker

    • Anonymous – The tanker story was covered by reputable news services before any such stories of burning Christians ever surfaced. People have been killed due to their faith for thousands of years, but that wasn’t the case with this particular photo.

      facebookusersince2008 – Well put. That is the moral of the story here!

  17. SAVETHEWOLRD // October 18, 2011 at 11:13 pm // Reply


  18. billy bobred // October 19, 2011 at 8:54 am // Reply

    Those who base their lives on a pile of steaming bullsheet can only feel alive by adding more bullsheet in their brains. But the one who love them most are their masters who benefit from their ultra cheap labor and disregard for their own health.

  19. We can say what we want but God has the final say, God has given us wisdom so, dont let your heart be deceived of what you see or hear but pray for God’s revelation….PRAY…PRAY, THERE IS POWER IN PRAYING.


  20. And who can explain about the link below;

  21. Prove it !!! Prove that its fake !!! Otherwise stop talking lies !!!

    • Ben – Links to the original news stories of the tanker explosion containing the photo in question were posted here, and even more on Loonwatch. I’m not saying violence against people of faith doesn’t happen, just that this particular photo is not the case. If you have conflicting evidence, I’m happy to post it here.

  22. Once again, I see the religious zealots are going to believe what ever best feeds their propaganda machine, regardless of the truth!

  23. amazing! in allover the world Muslim and Christians live in peace what happened in Syria and lybia Bosnia Rwanda Darfur first and second world war all this fight and killing not for religious approach simply

  24. Misguided zealots in every religion commit atrocities, although unbiased news reports in the last decade seem to show that Islam has more than its share of these now. “Christian” zealots can be pests but are rarely violent. Muslims who want to defend their reputation as civilized believers should be reacting strongly against those who defame the name of Allah by their zealotry. Quietly wishing the idiots will go away doesn’t work. Being angrily defensive against those who ask about atrocities is not the best reaction either. PROVE your peacefulness by focusing on those who are peace-breakers. Start with those who TEACH violence, not with those who commit it. Chop off the snake’s head.

  25. Yes, I have one evidence you could be interested in, we all know that muslims have always been fought all around the world, you know ? Palestine, Chechnya, Sreprenica, Afganistan, Dagestan, Lebanon, India, Kosova and Timor ??????? and so on …

    Muslims in Dagestan are fighting Russia whilst USA themeselves are afraid of her, Muslims in Chechnya were fighting Russia too, Serbia wasn’t weak neither when Bosnia fought her back …

    And that is not only nowadays that it happens, it has been this way since Islam state broke down …

    So why now ? why are we accused to be the dark side of the tragedy ???

    We muslims are never afraid of nuclear monopolies and powerful empires, all the world knows that muslims don’t fight the way jew’s media illustrates…

  26. Umer Aslam // July 27, 2012 at 9:21 am // Reply

    I am a muslim and have many christian friends here in pakistan… muslims can never do such things.. this fake news was created to promote the muslims-christian hatred…and to strat a civil war

  27. Taquia.

    That’s a purported loophole in the Ten Commandments that a pious Muslim can bear false witness to protect or advance his faith.

    If Abraham is father to both Jacob and Ishmael, isn’t Abraham’s god the same as Mohamed’s god? I think so. God doesn’t make killers, Human theologists do.

  28. Folks… Muslims,Christians,or whatever religion you maybe. Religion doesn’t kill people. People do. Every murder or killing,or collateral damage victim lost their life because someone felt it was necessary based on where they stand. The idea of murder in 2013 seems so stone age. In 2013 man is still acting like barbarians. As long as our societies continue to sell propaganda and spread lies along with misleading information— for the reason of making a profit we all will suffer. At some point and time we have to stop arguing and come together like adults and take a closer look at what organization(s) or group(s) that are profiting from all of this pain, so that we can create a better world because we are capable of doing so.

  29. suzanne bowers // August 25, 2013 at 5:51 pm // Reply

    Our freedom is taken for granted everyday we must have order in society or it will all come to anarchy we must stop the likkings everywhere and change and only god can do that….we must not judge we will be judged jesus saves eternally…

  30. Thank you really .. I have just seen this photo in an Arabic fb page claiming it is for Muslims burnt alive in Burma … and no wonder it is fired the commentators and the re-posters !!
    a very simple search in Google lead me here .. I informed the page admin but he is still ignoring and I am sure he will not apologize and tell the truth .. i guess he knows the truth before posting !!!

  31. No. We are to love and respect eachtother, yes. We are all God’s creation. But we are NOT all God’s children, the bible tells us that only those who are born of God are His children, those that are born again from the Spirit. The true Gospel is a gospel of love and self-abandon yes but also a radical message: only by Jesus Christ are we saved.

    • Peter Watson // December 23, 2013 at 8:14 am // Reply

      Plenty of Christians being killed all over the world – 100,000+ this year alone -
      1 John 3

      King James Version (KJV)

      3 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

      2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

      3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

      4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

      5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

      6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.

      7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

      8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

      9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

      10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

      11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

      12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.

      13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.

      14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

      15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

      16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

  32. jegede olabode // December 19, 2013 at 12:13 pm // Reply

    God, have mercy on us.

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