The polygamy hoax that spread from Iraq to Eritrea – BBC

A false rumour that men in Eritrea would be legally obliged to marry at least two women went viral this week. But it's a hoax that has hit at least four countries to date, and

A false rumour that men in Eritrea would be legally obliged to marry at least two women went viral this week. But it’s a hoax that has hit at least four countries to date, and actually began in Iraq, where it wasn’t as implausible as it seems.

When a far fetched story about enforced polygamy in Eritrea began circulating, it captured attention across the continent. But in fact similar stories – all of them false – have cropped up in a number of countries since the beginning of the year.

And in each case, the way hoaxers spread the rumour on social media pretty much identical. Here’s how it plays out.

An “official” government document is leaked on social media, bearing a letterhead, or the signature of a supposed dignitary.

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  • aus 17 February 1, 2016

    I Heard it in JEZIRA news, for me was quite expected, in practice they are doing it. The disco lover president himself, what he does there. The generals to whom the police guard all the night through while they’re drinking, for what end, just prostitution- then what is anew?
    Given, the Heavy reality, the lost of generation after generations from 80’s upto now, deplete of continues youths results in generations gap; empty, cacuum in all spheres, human drain, out resourcing.
    Eritrea will soon land on those terms: it seems joke today but it’s already a reality: swallow it. The temben Boys killed Eritrea slowly but surely.

  • Amare Berhe Mesfun February 2, 2016

    I mean $3.5 million (three million five hundred thousands Dollars ) one 40ft container is worth 750 to 760 thousand dollars. Some times even before the shipment is in Rotterdam tme money is already transfered to the Company’s a/c with CBE in Asmara. The bank take the dollars and give the company 7.5 Nakfa a dollar. Due to stupid enterference by the madman of Eritrea and his cronies they deprived the country of badly needed foriegn currency. Cry the beloved country.

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