Christian woman has mouth, eye sewn shut in Saudi an old, fake story

The old, fake story about an alleged Christian woman whose mouth and eye were reportedly sewn shut in Saudi has been revived by some blogs.

In April 2014, a number of websites reported that angry Saudi officials issued an order to have the mouth and eye of an "Asian girl" be sewn as her punishment for "professing that Jesus is her Savior."

One website went as far as stating that the victim was "most likely" an overseas Filipino worker (OFW).

It turned out that the supposed shocking story, which instantly trended because of the attached graphic image that also went viral on Facebook, was nothing but a hoax.

The website Muslims Are Not Terrorists debunked the story in a post explaining that the graphic image was taken from the photo gallery of Ryoichi "Keroppy" Maeda, a "photographer and journalist who has been reporting the cutting edge of Japanese underground scenes, tattoo, piercing, modification and fetish etc."

The homepage of Keroppy's website warns visitors that its content "includes painful and bleeding photos."

Based on earlier reports, the graphic image that resurfaced very recently is already over four years old to date.

Re-publishing the photo and the fake story behind it is a very effective way to get people's attention. However, it can also be interpreted as a "desperate move" to gain traffic.