Was There a Locust Sale in Nairobi?

video showing a locust sale has been circulating online, claiming the locusts are being sold in Eastleigh, Nairobi, predominantly inhibited by Somali immigrants.

Background

Swarms of desert locusts appeared in North-East Kenya on 28 December 2019. The government and the Desert Locust Control Organization of East Africa have been working together to contain their spread by providing aerial spray to the affected areas.

One of the solutions offered to contain their spread was to harvest the locust for food, since they have been used as such throughout history in many African, Middle Eastern, and Asian countries. While this is a good solution, it has brought the spread of misinformation.

Verification

A quick reverse search shows the video was actually from a locust sale in Saudi Arabia. It first surfaced on YouTube on 11th February 2019.

Verdict

The claims are false. There was no locust sale in Eastleigh, Nairobi.

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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.