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10/11/2021 DRC (International Christian Concern) – At least 12 people were killed on Sunday in an attack by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF),  local sources told Xinhua news.

“The rebels burned several houses during the attack in Mambuo village, in the Beni territory of the North Kivu province, before the intervention of the DRC’s armed forces (FARDC) who managed to repel the rebels a few hours after the fighting,” reported the news source.

For years, dozens of armed militias have wreaked havoc in the DRC, a predominately Christian nation. The largest among these groups is the ADF, an affiliate of ISIS whose primary aim is to create an Islamic Caliphate in Central Africa.

According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), from May 6 to September 10, “various armed groups — some of which remain unidentified — killed at least 672 civilians, and Congolese security forces killed 67 others in Ituri and North Kivu provinces.”

The DRC ranks at number 40 on the 2021 Open Doors World Watch List for Christian persecution. “These predominantly Christian communities are attacked by an Islamic extremist group with a clear Islamic expansionist agenda,” Open Doors spokesperson Illia Djadi stated in reference to the rebel group.

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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