Churches Close in Congo as Islamic State Massacres 80 Christians

The murderous Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a brazen attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province last week, which saw the Islamic State-affiliated Allied Democratic Forces coordinate a massacre through multiple small villages and kill an estimated 80 Christians. According to Open Doors, an organization that documents the persecution of Christians:

The attacks happened between 4 and 8 June in several villages, the deadliest day being 7 June when armed militants attacked Masala, Mahihi and Keme, killing more than 50 believers. Homes have also been burnt, and several people are reported missing.

The horrific attacks continue despite the “Cheng Gong” operation underway in the region. It’s led by UN peacekeeping forces (MONUSCO), and the coalition between the Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces (UPDF) and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC).

The victims are members of various churches, including the 3e CBCA, CEBSE, Catholic and CECA20 churches. Many were working on their farms when attacked. The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a militant group with ties to so-called Islamic State (IS), are believed to be responsible.

Congo is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for Christians. Open Doors explains their precarious situation:

Christians who live in the eastern part of the DRC are at incredible risk. The region is home to more than 100 armed groups, some of whom specifically target followers of Jesus. This leaves Christians and churches in this part of the country vulnerable to attacks, including murder, abduction and sexual violence.  Church leaders who speak out against the violence are at risk of being targeted, making it difficult to raise their voices against the atrocities. The violence has led to a massive displacement crisis in the DRC, and many believers are among the displaced. 

The situation in the DRC continues to be extremely violent and volatile for believers. The stories are heartbreaking, and the church is suffering—the people of God are resilient, but the violence can be overwhelming. 

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8 thoughts on “Churches Close in Congo as Islamic State Massacres 80 Christians

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      Recall Obozo stating “The islam call to prayer is the most beautiful sound I have ever heard.” That is because the “call to prayer” drowns out the screams of those being slaughtered.

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