Jihadist Militants Slaughter Christians in Congo

(Ben White/Unsplash)

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, according to Morning Star News.

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," said the clergyman, whose name is withheld for security reasons. "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.

Morning Star News reported 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."

The ADF, founded in the 1990s in western Uganda, 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 said 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.

Government security forces have been dispatched to the area and have appealed to area residents to remain vigilant, he said.

Suspected ADF militants killed Ngulongo Year Batsemire, archdeacon of the Anglican Diocese of Kivu-Nord, in Eringeti on Jan. 29 after he refused their demand to convert to Islam, the clergyman said.

"We therefore appeal for our brothers and sisters globally to pray for us as well assist us with financial support at this critical moment," he told Morning Star News.

In mid-November, the bodies of 29 people were found in Kavuyiri, in Virunga National Park, after an attack by armed rebels in the Beni region that reportedly killed at least 35 people. Officials blamed the ADF.

Suspected ADF militants killed at least 58 people and kidnapped 17 others in two predominantly Christian villages of neighboring Ituri Province in early September, according to advocacy and aid group Barnabas Fund. In May, the jihadist group was suspected of killing at least 57 people in two Ituri villages. More than 700 people have been killed in Ituri Province since 2017, according to the U.N.

Michael Ireland is an internet journalist and media missionary serving as chief correspondent for the Assist News Service.

This article originally appeared on Assist News Service.

To contact us or to submit an article, click here.

Get Charisma's best content delivered right to your inbox! Never miss a big news story again. Click here to subscribe to the Charisma News newsletter.

Five ways to deepen your relationship with God, increase your faith and save money!

  • Deepen Your Relationship with God with a FREE eCourse: Click Here to view all of our free e-Courses. Favorite topics include Fear, Forgiveness, Holy Spirit, Supernatural, and How to Hear God.
  • Super Discounts and Close-Out Specials: Click Here to view all our bundles and close-out specials and save up to 86%! Prayer, Holy Spirit, Anointing, the Supernatural and more.
  • God Wants to Anoint Women Now: Rise up and enter the anointing of Deborah, Anna, Esther, Ruth and Hannah. You were called to go higher. Click Here to learn more.
  • Change Your Atmosphere and Circumstances Through Prayer! John Eckhardt's prayer bundle gives you six powerful books to help you pray and change any situation. Click Here.
  • HUGE Bible Sale!: Click Here to save up to 50% off a great selection of Bibles. Plus, get a free gift with each order!

Subscription Special: Subscribe to Charisma for Only $24.97 and get a free gift. With your subscription, you'll receive Born For Significance by best-selling author Bill Johnson. View Offer

Attention Pastors and Leaders: Leadership training and development are crucial for success. Enroll in a FREE 1-hour leadership mini-course by Dr. Mark Rutland. View Details

Charisma News - Informing believers with news from a Spirit-filled perspective