The claim: A photo shows Mbabane, Eswatini
A photo of the night sky over an African city has become a source of online confusion after a Sept. 6 Facebook post misidentified the city as another located thousands of miles away.
"Goodnight Africa, from the beautiful city of Mbabane, the kingdom of Eswatini," the post says.
However, the photo does not show Mbabane or any other city in Eswatini. The Kingdom of Eswatini is a landlocked country in Southern Africa formerly known as Swaziland.
The photo shows Khartoum, Sudan, which is located more than 4,000 miles north of Eswatini in North-East Africa.
The post garnered more than 787 reactions, 68 comments and 91 shares in a week. Several Facebook users corrected the poster and identified the image in the comment section. Yet the image was still posted with no correction as of Sept. 13.
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USA TODAY reached out to the Facebook page for comment.
Photo shows Khartoum, Sudan
Karouri did not respond to USA TODAY's request for comment.
Our rating: False
We rate the claim that a photo shows Mbabane, Eswatini, FALSE because it is not supported by our research. The photographer's posts and several landmarks visible in the photo indicate that the image shows Khartoum, Sudan, not Mbabane, Eswatini.
Our fact-check sources:
Hisham Karouri, 500 px, accessed Sept. 13, Khartoum
Hisham Karouri, July 29, 2014, Instagram post
Google Earth, accessed Sept. 13, Al-Shahid Mosque
Google Earth, accessed Sept. 13, Corinthia Hotel
U.S. Department of State, accessed Sept. 13, Eswatini
Google Maps, accessed Sept. 13, Khartoum, Sudan to Mbabane, Eswatini
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: Viral photo misidentifies Sudanese city of Khartoum