Uganda: Suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels kill three Christians on Christmas night

January 6, 2024

Among the Christians of Uganda are around 35,000 Orthodox Christians. 

For previous coverage of Christian persecution in Uganda, see here.

“ADF Continues to Attack Christians in Western Uganda,” International Christian Concern, January 4, 2024:

01/04/2024 – Uganda (International Christian Concern) — Suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels killed three people in Western Uganda on Christmas night one week after taking the lives of 10 people and destroying property in the same district.

The ADF is an Islamist terrorist group affiliated with the Islamic State that has long threatened Christians and heavily Christian communities in Uganda and the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo). International Christian Concern (ICC) listed the ADF as one of the worst terrorist groups in its 2023 Persecutors of the Year report.

On Dec. 18, suspected ADF rebels killed ten people including a local leader, and looted shops in the Kamwenge district of Uganda. On Christmas night, rebels torched a house in the same area, killing a grandmother and two grandchildren.

After the first attack, Major General Kasigazi urged communities in the Rwenzori region to keep vigilant in public spaces and encouraged them to collaborate with the police and other security agencies and report suspicious activity.

“We are requesting you to be calm,” said Kasigazi, adding that the Army has the situation under control though no arrests had been made. “We are convinced [the terrorists] will be killed either in Uganda or DRC within no time.”

Magret Night Banyanzaki, a community social services committee head, was among the victims killed. The senseless slaying of these innocent people has devastated the community. Uganda President Yoweri Museveni condemned the heinous attack and praised the bravery of a girl who escaped from the attackers and warned others….