Does This Image Show the Effect of Drought in Nigeria’s Borno State?

A tweet published on November 2, 2022- archived here– claims to show an image portraying the effect of drought in Nigeria’s Borno State.


Piga Firimbi previously debunked the use of unrelated images alleged to be connected to the recent drought in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. Unrelated images alleged to show the 2022 drought in Kenya’s Turkana County were debunked here and here. At the same time, fake donation appeals alleged to be from the Kenya Red Cross organization emerged as debunked in fact-checks here and here. Nonetheless, the ongoing flood crisis in West and Central Africa also bred misinformation. An image of a flooded Kenyan classroom was alleged to be from Nigeria’s Cross River State and debunked here, as well as an image of a muddy road in Nigeria alleged to be from Ghana fact-checked here.


A Google image reverse search reveals that the images are from Somalia and not Nigeria’s Borno State as claimed in the tweet. Part of the reverse search results is a Spanish publication, which captions one of the images as a refugee camp in Somalia. See screengrab below;

Both images are also featured in a tweet published by the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) on October 28, 2022. The tweet’s caption reads in part: “Entire families with children had to leave their homes due to the ongoing drought in #Somalia.”


The tweet claiming to show the effect of drought in Borno State is FALSE.

This fact-check was produced by Africa Uncensored with support from Code for Africa’s PesaCheck, International Fact-Checking Network, and African Fact-Checking Alliance network.

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