Viral Video Showing Man Cooking Human Flesh in Cameroon Is Fake
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
A video supposedly showing cannibalism taking place in the Central African country of Cameroon has gone viral on social media. The video shows a man squatting next to a cooking pot, which looks like it is filled with human hands, a leg and a human head.
"If you’ve eaten meat but you’ve never eaten this, then you’ve never eaten meat," the man is heard saying in the local language, reported France 24 Observes.
Notably, the man is not alone and is seen being surrounded by other people.
This video was first reportedly shared on Facebook and WhatsApp on 20 June.
Some news outlets in Cameroon also published the video under variations of the following headline: ‘ "Cameroon: scenes of cannibalism in the secessionist regions", reported Observer.
Even A Minister Falls for The Video
Cameroonian minister for Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji, reportedly cited this video in an interview, saying that the “terrorists have done worse than Boko Haram.”
"Cameroon’s own terrorists have done worse than Boko Haram (…) because I’ve never seen Boko Haram cook human beings in cooking pots,” he reportedly said.
The term "terrorists" is used to refer to the separatist groups in English-speaking region of the country.
Video From A Movie Set
However, the viral video is not even from Cameroon. Hakeem, a special effects make up artist from Nigeria, took to Instagram to bust the cannibal myth.
Hakeem said that the man in the video is identified as Uche Mbachu, who was part of of the film crew of Omambala, and was just posing on the set.
Speaking to France 24 Observes, Mbachu said:
Mbachu also posted a photo of the same on 18 June.
(With inputs from France 24 Observes)