Over the weekend, an account called “Sudan Meal Project” surfaced on Instagram and promised that every share of their post to your story would mean one meal donation.
The account posted a blue photo to fit in with the social media movement that was started in remembrance of Mohamed Hashim Mattar, who died following a military crackdown on peaceful protesters.
Their caption said:
For every STORY REPOST this post gets, we will provide one meal to Sudanese children 👈
Click on the paper plane next to the comment button and tap “add to story” to repost
Comment “DONE 🇸🇩” after you repost
Half of South Sudan’s population is facing extreme hunger, the country’s highest proportion of food insecure people in the last 10 years. More than six million people currently need urgent food assistance, including more than one million children. Near-famine conditions are predicted in four of South Sudan’s states, a rapid and worrying increase from 2017, in which famine was only declared in one state.
PLEASE READ OUR HIGHLIGHTED STORY FOR MORE INFO 👉 @sudanmealproject
They had a highlight explaining what is going on in Sudan and their Instagram post went on to get over 1 million likes.
But as time went on, people started to question the legitimacy of sharing the post in exchange for a donation.
The page responded that they did not realise that their account was growing so fast and are considering a new way of donating.
And that they were trying to find a way to donate money.
A lot of scam Instagram pages tend to rebrand after gaining followers and some people thought that it could be a possibility with this page.
Instagram user @julzhmc then posted a screenshot of a conversation they said they had with @sudanmealproject, accusing them of creating the account for clout. The post went viral.
People were disgusted by the Instagram page.
And have been urging people not to interact.
Multiple copycat pages surfaced on Instagram since and are still active with some selling products that they claim funds Sudan relief projects.
A spokesperson for Instagram told Angle News that the account has since been removed.
“We will continue to look into this matter and disable further accounts we find in violation of our policies,” the spokesperson added.