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FALSE: This photo of colourful houses isn’t from South Sudan

The image is of houses in San Francisco, California.

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This Facebook post with a photo supposedly of a settlement in South Sudan is FALSE.

South Sudan is the youngest country in Africa, having gained independence on 9 July 2011 and admitted to the East African Community on 5 September 2016.

The image depicts tens of colourful houses. The accompanying text reads: “South Sudan”.

But is the photo of any part of South Sudan?

A Google reverse image search established that the photo is of Daly City in San Mateo County, in the outskirts of San Francisco.—–6b3e0b82c59c——————————–

The photo was also published by Shutterstock. The photo credit is to Romaine W, a Jamaican world traveller and one of the platform’s contributors.—–6b3e0b82c59c——————————–

PesaCheck has previously debunked this image in French. In January 2023, we looked into a similar image purportedly of an aerial view of 1,008 homes in Bamako, Mali.

In June 2023, the same image was shared on Facebook with a caption claiming that it is Boiman town in Nyandarua, Kenya.

PesaCheck examined a Facebook post with a photo supposedly of a settlement in South Sudan and found it to be FALSE.

This post is part of an ongoing series of PesaCheck fact-checks examining content marked as potential misinformation on Facebook and other social media platforms.

By partnering with Facebook and similar social media platforms, third-party fact-checking organisations like PesaCheck are helping to sort fact from fiction. We do this by giving the public deeper insight and context to posts they see in their social media feeds.

Have you spotted what you think is fake or false information on Facebook? Here’s how you can report. And, here’s more information on PesaCheck’s methodology for fact-checking questionable content.

This fact-check was written by PesaCheck fact-checker Rodgers Omondi and edited by PesaCheck senior copy editor Cédrick Irakoze and acting chief copy editor Francis Mwaniki.

The article was approved for publication by PesaCheck managing editor Doreen Wainainah.

Kamadi Amata
Kamadi Amata
I am a digital content creator with niche in Health, politics, and Human Interest Features.

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