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Fake Nigerian Christians Burnt Alive Photo Resurfaces on Facebook

It looks like the myth that Geller was pushing some months ago about Muslim hordes incinerating Nigerian Christians is resurfacing once again, this time on Facebook.

A blog by the name of Waffles at Noon covers the re-emergence of the photo:

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! —

Waffles goes on to cite our piece from April that points out the fact that the picture is a fake.

Below is our post exposing the absurd falsity of attempting to pass the Congo gas tanker explosion as an example of Nigerian sectarianism.


Pamela Geller Watch: Ties Gas Tanker Explosion in Congo to Electoral Violence in Nigeria

Pamela is claiming in a blog titled, Nigeria: Muslim Hordes Mass Slaughter Christians that a gruesome picture is evidence of Muslim violence against Christians in Nigeria (be warned the picture is gruesome):

A terrible and horrifying picture indeed.

Pamela brags that she wrote about it “first” back on April 19, and then wonders “why” is America fighting in Libya to restore a “universal Caliphate?”


It turns out however that the above picture is not evidence of some “Muslim rampage” in Nigeria! The charred bodies are a tragic result of a tanker explosion in the CONGO!! A whole other country the last time I checked! Here is the evidence from (I give you the Google translation since it was originally in French):

The explosion, on July 3, a tanker in the town of Sange, South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has resulted in 235 deaths.

Here is the original French language report where you will also find more pictures: RDC : les images atroces du drame de Sange au Sud-Kivu

You will also see an interesting picture of Muslim UN soldiers, possibly from Pakistan helping to respond to the tragedy.

Here is a report from Reuters with some more pictures:

(Reuters) – At least 230 people were killed when a fuel tanker overturned and exploded in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, unleashing a fire ball that tore through homes and cinemas packed with people watching World Cup soccer.

Officials said on Saturday the explosion late on Friday also injured 196 people, adding that the death toll could rise.

They described scenes of devastation in the town of Sange, where houses were burned and bodies littered the streets. Some people died while trying to steal fuel leaking from the tanker, but most were killed at home or watching World Cup soccer in cinemas.

Many of the bodies were charred beyond recognition.

United Nations helicopters began airlifting injured people to hospital, while Congo’s army, which lost a number of men in the blast, has sent soldiers in to help with the rescue.

“Our latest numbers are 230 dead and 196 injured,” Madnodje Mounoubai, a spokesman for the U.N. mission, said. Congo’s government also gave the same number of dead.

Marcellin Cisambo, governor of South Kivu province, where the incident took place, said the blast occurred when the fuel truck overturned, leaked fuel and then later exploded.

It was not immediately clear what caused the initial accident or later blast, but local people said the truck, which was part of a convoy, stopped when the road seemed to crumble, toppling the vehicle and spilling fuel. Fire then erupted.

“It’s a terrible scene. There are lots of dead bodies on the streets. The population is in terrible shock — no one is crying or speaking,” Jean-Claude Kibala, South Kivu’s vice governor, said from Sange, which is between the towns of Bukavu and Uvira.

“We are trying to see how we can coordinate with (the U.N.) to manage the situation and how to take the wounded to hospital,” he added.


Roads in the area are notoriously bad after years of war and neglect in the vast central African nation.

“Some people were killed trying to steal the fuel, but most of the deaths were of people who were indoors watching the (World Cup) match,” Cisambo said.

There have been numerous similar accidents across Africa, where crowds gather around fuel tankers involved in crashes, only for the tanker to explode.

Millions of football fans across Africa were watching Ghana, the continent’s last team in the World Cup, play Uruguay in the quarterfinals of the tournament on Friday evening.

For many, who have no electricity at home, makeshift cinema halls are the only option for watching the football.

“My children were watching the football match in the cinema and then they ran out to see the petrol,” said Kiza Ruvinira, who lost three children and his sister-in-law in the blast.

“I went out to see what happened and I found my three children’s bodies myself. I don’t know how to go on.”

Mubaya Mumasura also lost three family members: “I don’t know what to do with myself I am so sad. I want the government to assist all the victims and help us.”

Congo’s weak government has difficulty providing even the most basic services, so U.N. peacekeepers began airlifting some of the wounded to nearby hospitals and aid workers were called in to help with medical treatment.

“The national Red Cross is working on collecting the bodies and taking them to the morgue, but the priority is obviously to take the wounded to the hospital,” International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) coordinator Inah Kaloga told Reuters.”

Kaloga said aid workers were trying to identify bodies before they were buried, but many were completely charred.

“It’s a catastrophe,” said Captain Olivier Hamuli,” spokesman for Congo’s military operation in South Kivu, adding that 13 soldiers had been injured and another 10 were missing.

The Kenyan driver of the truck is being held by the police.

Alain Ilunga, deputy CEO of Congo’s storage and distribution company, which is already investigating the incident, said the truck was carrying 49,000 liters of petrol at the time.

(Writing by David Lewis; editing by Ralph Boulton)

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  • ?amil Korkmaz

    What’s funny is that this picture is nowadays shared on Facebook claiming the victims are muslims burnt alive by christians in Arakan, Burma!

  • RIGHT!

  • Javi
  • it’s crusaiders not muslims!!

  • Misbah

    its not about Muslims or any other religion one needs to think of. we as humans need to think of humanity first. when GOD created us, he loved us a lot. why do we bring in region, colour, gender, when it comes to a life?
    Life is a Life be it you, me or any one for that matter.
    lets work for humanity and not what others post on Facebook or Twitter for that matter.
    Lets pray for each human who has lost his or her life. be what every the reason means. share the Facebook message and change the topic of the picture. SAVE HUMANS.

  • Verda

    These people don’t even care about researching something and then spreading it. A friend just asked me to share it with my friends, since I’m a Muslim. Well, I first Googled its authenticity. Now I have to share this link on those photos!

    Thank you for keeping us informed.

  • Eliana Vinhaes

    O Brasil está chocado com esta violência!

    [translation: Brazil is shocked by this violence!]

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  • sahin
  • MSS

    1. The publication of lies is wrong.

    2. The reason people believe the lie is because it is very plausible. The type of activity mentioned in this false report, such as 9/11, the Iranian Hostage Crisis, the countless car bombs, suicide bombs, et. al. by radical Islamists give credibility to her lie. She is not an “Islamaphobe”, she is a swindler trying to cash in on a very real potential scenario.

    3. Christians want to hear stories like the false one mentioned in this article so they can pray for their brothers who are enduring persecution and martyrdom. Christians realize that “[they] wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against [evil spirits]” so they don’t hate the people persecuting them; but rather hate the evil spirits that motivate the persecution. They respond to these corcumstances by loving their enemies, not by “hating” as some of the above posters have suggested.

  • Relax

    This article title suggests that news itself is fake. The news is 100% real. However photo was from some other incident. Real photos are equally gruesome.

  • Vichy

    Sam, what about the millions of people the U.S. has murdered with bombs or starved with economic sanctions? Stupid Jingoist half-wit.

  • SAM

    That Muslims grudge all the world and the daily killing in Iraq, Sudan, Libya and Egypt are proof of this

  • I hope not to send it to us to see again, we already know how this world is like. We felt bad about this, and this is very ugly hell likes. perhaps we should love one another, but the torture of man. The man is the devil and hell. Perhaps we should prepare for a fight not Netter we Christians do not give chance to your enemy. God protect and gun battle to defeat the enemy, do not give them a chance, if we Christians are a loser, so what is your will and your heart is not glad that your enemies have done to you. Heaven and hell are the enemy, that God has thousand of angel against with the devil that has vowed to defend it to take over his kingdom…Do not love, if your enemy is taking your property…

  • straightshooter67

    Figures christians are called the haters, whether these pictures are fake or real matters not,a disaster, an accident, a terrorist act, if the picture is real no matter how it happened it’s a horrible loss the real tragedy is how we are so quick to snap and accuse one another, the real tragedy is we act like brothers and sisters!!! he did it!!!!, no she did it!!!!, only we are’nt really brothers and sisters as GOD intended. The real tragedy is that we have so much disallusioned doctrine in the world, don’t we understand that 2 plus 2 equals 4? it’s a deffinate answer, it’s either right or wrong!!!! and we treat GOD the same way, either HE is real or not, if not why are we here????, if so then why not thank HIM, Why dont we want to follow the rules?, bottom line we all need GOD to exist it’s either yes or no, if you don’t think so, then i encourage you to go make your own air, food, water and not use the resources on this planet or in this universe and beyond for that matter for they ALL belong to GOD ALMIGHTY!!!! NOT YOU!!!!, and we all know you can’t, sooooo, reconsider ignorant thinking and relise if it wes not for GOD none of us would be here, STOP THE HATE< SPREAD THE LOVE< The real tragedy is that people are calling GOD a liar and it's people who profess GOD or JESUS who are getting the heat!!!!…WHY? Because they choose not to SEE, HEAR, SPEAK or ACT upon the truth right before their very eyes, the scriptures says they have eyes and yet they see not, ears, yet they hear not, sounds like us ( people )today dose'nt it? There is a day coming that will bring true fear to the hearts of men, it will be GOD"S WRATH GOD"S JUDGEMENT the QUESTION is where will you stand? Will YOU be for GOD or AGAINST HIM? TODAY IS THE DAY OF SALVATION

  • Jana

    I am also one of the many who saw this photo on one of my (now ex) friends on FaceBook. Really, learn to do some research before believing ANYTHING you see on TV or the internet – people lie all the time. It’s a fact of life which many people seem to be ignorant to.

  • “It’s a good idea to actually read the article before you post a comment. There are links proving this is a fake.”

    We can live and hope… very few seem to bother when posting on the old threads.

    But yes Name, please do read the article and follow the links. There are even some pictures of (probably Muslim) UN peacekeepers helping people after the disaster.


  • Name

    THIS IS NOT FAKE, nice job indexing it as first in google search. How do you prove this is fake if it were fake it were already been everywhere. This is just covered up I don’t know why but man really, I have nothing against Islam, but when you deny this it just makes you part of the disease not the cure. Denying this just makes it worse. I as much as you also want all this to end. I bet you agree with me that those who did this, remove them self the right to be called Muslims right? A real Muslim would not do this right. Then why deny and cover it up and make it worse.

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