Is This Video of Schoolchildren Who Died From Poisoning?

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This video (see below) showing schoolchildren lying down and adults wailing has been making the rounds lately. It was shared on the 13th of Friday 2020 with claims that the children had shared biscuits at a birthday party and they all died.

Background

This video has been used in several other claims.

A GoFundme page created on the 5th of March 2020 is captioned, ‘Help Families of 79 poisoned children in Africa’. The incident allegedly happened in Togo on February 27th 2020; after the children ate candy they had bought from a street vendor.

On this Facebook post, the claim is that the video is from Dedza, Malawi and the children died after seeing a strange ‘human-like’ creature that appeared on a tree near the school on the 17th of February 2020.

Another claim posted on the 11th of March 2020 on ghgossip.com had the headline, ‘16 Kids of a Class Die After Eating at a Party Organized in the School.’ The children allegedly died on arrival at Kaduna State Hospital in Nigeria.

Verification

A YouTube search shows that the video is of children from Kakamega Primary School in Kenya. The 15 pupils aged between 10 and 12 tragically lost their lives on the 3rd of February 2020, after a commotion triggered a stampede while on the third floor of their classrooms.

The incident was widely reported by the media.  See reports from the Nation, the Standard and the BBC.

Verdict

The video being shared online is of children from Kakamega Primary School in Kenya, some of whom died in a stampede and any other claim that states otherwise is, therefore, FALSE.

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Peris Gachahi

Peris Gachahi is a reporter at Africa Uncensored.She is passionate about human interest stories told through in-depth documentaries, data stories and digital storytelling.