Scottish actress Louise Linton spent a year in Zambia when she was 18. And she lived to white a book about it.
The self-published memoir, In Congo’s Shadow, tells the tale of Linton, a “skinny white muzungu with long angel hair” who survives an attack by Congolese rebels in 1999, while trying to care for an HIV-positive orphan.
Except it might not be true. After an excerpt of the book was published in the Daily Telegraph on July 1, critics took to social media to scrutinize her story. Spawning the hashtag #LintonLies, people have challenged the veracity of Linton’s account of her year in Zambia, pointing out that no such attack by Congolese rebels occurred in 1999.