Fact Check: This Image Does NOT Show Mbabane In Eswatini -- It's Khartoum In Sudan

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  • by: Christiana Dillard
Fact Check: This Image Does NOT Show Mbabane In Eswatini -- It's Khartoum In Sudan Not Mbabane

Does a widely shared image show a nighttime photo of Mbabane, the capital city of Eswatini? No, that's not true: the city shown is Khartoum, the capital of Sudan.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) on September 6, 2021. It features an image of a city at night with a caption that reads:

Goodnight 🌃 Africa, from the beautiful city of Mbabane, the kingdom of Eswatini 🇸🇿❤️

This is what the post looked like on Facebook on September 10, 2021:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Sep 10 17:02:56 2021 UTC)

This picture does not show Mbabane in Eswatini (formerly called Swaziland). Instead, it shows a view of Khartoum; in particular, the image features the city's Al-Shahid Mosque, which is more than 4,000 miles away from Mbabane, as seen in the embedded directions below:

(Source: Google Maps screenshot taken on Fri Sep 10 17:08:36 2021 UTC)

The image was originally taken by Hisham Karouri, a Sudanese photographer, and posted online in 2014. The image is included on his Instagram page here and his photography profile here (archived here). In the Instagram post, he uses the hashtags "#khartoum #sudan #bluehour #city_scape #karouri #nikon #nikond800 #sudanese_shoutout #sudanese_photographers #nile #nilestreet #corinthia."

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  Christiana Dillard

Christiana Dillard is a former news writer for Temple University’s Lew Klein College of Media and Communication. She received her undergraduate degree in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a freelance writer for several organizations including the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, Pitt Magazine, and The Heinz Endowments. When she’s not producing or studying media she’s binging it, watching YouTube videos or any interesting series she can find on streaming services.

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