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somaliaThe story of a Somali teen being stoned to death in front of his fellow villagers has been cast in doubt due to the veracity of the photos used.

According to LGBTQNation:

[A]ll of the photographs purported to be of the stoning, were copied from unrelated incidents dating as far back as 2008, and were taken from stories previously reported by Associated Press, Reuters and Al Jazerra.

It is possible that the violent incident did occur as Somalia is one of 78 countries in which homosexuality is illegal. However, according to a 2010 Human Rights Report from the U.S. State Department, “there were no reports of societal violence or discrimination based on sexual orientation.”

Somali Gay Community — the LGBT group that originally reported the teen’s death — has not removed the story or the unrelated photos. Identity Kenya, which acknowledged that they were unable to verify the story, has since removed the photos.

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