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05/07/2021 DRC (International Christian Concern) – President Felix Tshisekedi declared a 30 day “state of siege” on Monday, May 3rd, due to the rising violence spreading throughout DRC’s eastern provinces. According to a UNICEF report, more than 1.6 million people have been displaced due to attacks perpetrated by militia groups.

“There have been nearly 175 grave violations since January 2021, including cases of recruitment of children into armed groups, killings and maiming of children, sexual violence and attacks on schools and hospitals,” stated UNICEF in a press release.

For years, dozens of armed militias have wreaked havoc in the DRC, a predominately Christian nation. The largest among these groups is the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an affiliated of ISIS whose primary aim is to create an Islamic Caliphate in Central Africa. In order to achieve this, they often assault, kidnap and kill Christians, along with any other civilian who refuses to convert to their extremist views.

Please continue to pray for the healing of those traumatized by violence in the DRC, and for the Lord to comfort those who are grieving the loss of loved ones. Please also pray for the Lord to strengthen government protection over its people and bring peace to the nation, and for the love of Jesus to redeem the souls of those who persecute the church.

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