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Congo: Suspected members of an insurgent jihadist group slaughter 20 Christians

Persecution of Christians in the Democratic Republic of Congo: In this massive country as well as in many others in Africa, Islamic jihadis are increasingly aggressive. The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), which is suspected of perpetrating this attack, is only “one of several insurgent groups operating in northeastern Congo.” The ADF is aligned with ISIS. According to a Congolese clergyman, “the rebel militants intend to establish an Islamist state ruled by sharia (Islamic law).”

There is in Congo a small indigenous Orthodox Church under the jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Alexandria. Please pray fervently for an end to this cruelty and bloodlust, and ask our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to enable the Orthodox Church in Congo to enjoy peace and security, and to flourish, bringing the light of Christ to this troubled region.

For more ChristianPersecution.com coverage of the persecution of Christians in the Democratic Republic of Congo, see here.

“Jihadist Militants Slaughter Christians in Congo, Sources Say,” Morning Star News, December 1, 2020:

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Suspected members of an insurgent jihadist group slaughtered 20 Christians in villages in the northeastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) between Nov. 20 and Nov. 25, area sources said.

The Islamic State-linked Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) are suspected in the attacks on villages in North Kivu Province, said a local clergyman who lost his family in an assault on Mayitike village, about 20 miles northwest of Beni town, on Nov. 20.

“They tried to force some of our Christians to convert to Islam,” the clergyman, whose name is withheld for security reasons, told a Morning Star News contact. “They also tried to force my wife and our four children to convert to Islam, but when they refused to convert, they shot my wife in the head while our four children were cut into pieces with a Somali sword.”

The source said he was away from his village the day of the attack and thus his life was spared.

The jihadist insurgents, who have been active in predominantly Christian, northeastern Congo for 20 years, accelerated attacks on civilians after the DRC army launched a large-scale offensive in October 2019. The clergyman said the rebel militants intend to establish an Islamist state ruled by sharia (Islamic law).

The Morning Star News contact who interviewed the clergyman in his home said she found people in Beni town in terror on Nov. 27.

“There was a throng of Christians flooding the streets in a helpless situation, as well as radical Muslim extremists surrounding five churches,” she said. “Ten girls had been raped and 15 girls abducted from the Anglican Church and Roman Catholic Church, with 14 Christians admitted to a hospital in critical condition with injuries to their heads, and others with fractured hands and legs due to the use of guns, machete, clubs, Somali swords and axes.”

Founded in the 1990s in western Uganda, the ADF is one of several insurgent groups operating in northeastern Congo. The U.S. Treasury Department in December 2019 imposed sanctions on ADF leaders for mass rape, torture and killings and other human rights abuses of civilians.

Villagers including displaced persons told Morning Star News that Islamic extremist militants in the past month have also attacked the villages of Kabumba, Mutwangano, Beni, Baeti, Kokola, Biangolo, Lisasa and Mutido. In that time more than 50 Christians who refused to recant their Christian faith were killed, especially women and children, the clergyman said….

The DRC’s population of 89.4 million people is nearly 92 percent Christian and only 1.7 percent Muslim, according to the Joshua Project.

Photo by MONUSCO Photos – Goma – North Kivu, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46293748

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