Congo: At least 58 killed, 17 kidnapped as Muslim militants attack two predominantly Christian villages

October 5, 2020

Persecution of Christians in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Christians are 95% of the population, but as in Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa, Islamic jihadis are increasingly aggressive: “more than 700 people have been killed in Ituri province since 2017, according to the UN.”

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 persecution, in Congo and elsewhere. Beseech 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 coverage of the persecution of Christians in the Democratic Republic of Congo, see here.

“At least 58 people killed in jihadi attacks on Christian-majority region of DRC,” Barnabas Fund, September 15, 2020:

At least 58 people were killed and 17 kidnapped when Muslim militants attacked two villages in the mainly-Christian north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo in early September.

Twenty-three people were murdered on 8 September and another 35 were killed two days later in the heavily forested Tshabi area of southern Ituri province. Large numbers of the population have since fled.

“People were killed with every sort of weapon, knives, guns,” said a villager in Tshabi. “Seventeen people are listed as disappeared, but they have almost definitely been kidnapped.”

Members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an Islamist militant group active in the region for more than two decades, are thought to have carried out the atrocity. The terrorist group had entered the region to escape military action against them in neighbouring North Kivu province.

In May, at least 57 people from two villages in Ituri were murdered by the jihadists in attacks on consecutive days.

More than 700 people have been killed in Ituri province since 2017, according to the UN….