No, this is not a photo of a Christian mother who converted to Islam with her daughters after the Christchurch mosque shootings
A photo has been shared thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter alongside a claim it shows a Christian mother and her two daughters who converted to Islam after the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15, 2019. The claim is false; the misleading posts have used a photo from an unrelated US media report in 2018 about an American Muslim woman and her daughters.
The photo was shared on Facebook here on April 5, 2019, by a Facebook page called USA Muslims, which has more than nearly 53,000 followers.
Below is a screenshot of the misleading post:
The caption states: “Breaking..A Christian mother in New Zealand, including her two daughters, was converted to Islam and became a Muslim after the New Zealand mosque attack, thousands of people in New Zealand will be converted to Islam.”
“The New Zealand mosque attack” is a reference to the terrorist shootings at two mosques in Christchurch on March 15, 2019, which left at least 50 people dead.
This is an AFP report published on April 4, 2019, about the killings.
The claim is false; the photo in the misleading posts was taken from this news article published by The Jersey Journal on June 8, 2018. The misleading posts offer no further evidence that a Christian mother and her two daughters have converted to Islam after the Christchurch mosque shootings.
Below is a screenshot of the article:
In an email to AFP on April 8, 2019, photographer Reena Rose Sibayan confirmed that she took the photo of Bendaoud and her daughters for the Jersey Journal.