DR Congo: Dozens of Christians killed, thousands flee as violence increases

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Anti-Christians violence drives thousands of Christians from DR Congo, at the same time dozens of Christians were killed by the extremists. In a heinous incident on May 3, Islamist militants raided a village in the eastern extremes of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and killed between 20 and 40 Christian.

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The attackers were purportedly carrying knives and axes as they stormed into the village in North Kivu province, in eastern DRC, on 3 May. A local administrator, Bernard Amisi Kalonda said: “Between 20:00 and 22:00, the enemy managed to get past army positions and kill peaceful residents in their homes, slashing their throats. The 16 bodies are in front of me, killed by machetes or axes.”

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A Persecution watchdog World Watch Monitor states that a local informed it on May 6, that about 34 may have perished, while another informer told the World Watch Monitor that 38 died including, two elders and their wives of the CECA 20 (Communaute Evangelique au Centre de l’Afrique) Church.

The Persecution watchdog group further said that it was informed by a missionary from DR Congo that thousands of Christians have fled from the country owing to the violence. “It was eerie; hundreds of houses abandoned and thousands of people displaced. I saw four coffins and a funeral or two on the road. I saw people carrying their mattresses and things in cars, on motorcycles, on foot. Hundreds of homes along the road are abandoned. Where there was thriving community, there is now a ghost town.” The group quoted him.

However, General Jean Baillaud, the military chief of the UN’s soldier force in the DR Congo, said that at least 17 people had been killed in the incident. Another local administrator said that the attack was carried out by an outfit by the name of Muslim Defense International (MDI). The MDI has over and over again attacked the majority-Christian population in eastern DRC for quite some time. The militants kidnap and murder Christians frequently.

Inasmuch as the local population in affected area is predominantly, Christian (95.8%) while they have faced the brunt of the Islamic violence tremendously. Followed by the recent attack, the World Watch Monitor received reports from a local pastor that the Christians in the area are overwhelmingly terrified but that “while some contemplated fleeing again, others have opted to stay in the hope that things will normalize soon.”