This photo shows deforestation in the Amazon forest in South America
A photo has been shared in multiple Facebook posts alongside claims that it shows deforestation in Sinharaja, a protected forest reserve in Sri Lanka. The claim, however, is misleading; the photo in fact shows deforestation in the Amazon.
The photo was published on Facebook here on August 24, 2020. The post has been shared more than 500 times.
The Sinhala language text superimposed on the image reads:
“The Sinharaja that is being murdered by them
"She who saved the breath of air to over 22 million Sri Lankans is now breathing her last because of the actions of those sinful people.”
However, the claim is misleading.
A reverse image search found that the photo in fact shows deforestation in the Amazon forest in South America.
The photo was published by Getty Images here and is captioned: “Deforestation in the Amazon”.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the misleading posts’ image (L) and the Getty Images photo (R):
The image was also featured in this AFP article about global forest loss that was published by The Guardian in 2015.