Zimbabweans react to ‘sanctions’ photo of skeleton holding gun


HUNDREDS of people have interacted online with the photo of a skeleton holding a gun, which links it to ongoing sanctions in Zimbabwe. But the gun has been photoshopped in the image, which has nothing to do with Zimbabwe.

The forged photo was shared by the same person on Facebook and Twitter – but with different captions in each post.

“Just examine this photo carefully and ask yourself if a well-meaning, patriotic Zimbabwean can ever support the imposition of illegal sanctions against our beloved country,” read the Facebook post, which drew more than 250 comments. .

On Twitter, the same person wrote: “It is when I look at pictures as moving as this one that I am convinced that my decision to turn around and start speaking out against the imposition of illegal sanctions against Zimbabwe was the RIGHT DECISION. .

“We shouldn’t be selling our birthright for a few pieces of silver.” This tweet was liked 162 times.

However, the image is unrelated to Zimbabwe. It was also photoshopped to include the gun.

The original image can be seen on the cover of Cliffs End Farm, a 2015 archeology report on an ancient burial and ritual site discovered at Thanet in England.

Images of the skeleton from different angles can be seen in other reports on the same archaeological research.


Missing context. The original photo was from an archaeological site in England. It has nothing to do with Zimbabwe. The gun was added digitally.

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