02/15/2022 Democratic Republic of the Congo (International Christian Concern) – On February 1, 2022, fifty individuals were killed and thirty-six injured in a terrorist attack in Savo, Ituri Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The attack took place at a location where DRC refugees were displaced due to continued violence in the country. The attack was carried out by militants of the association Cooperative for the Development of the Congo, made up of various militia groups.
The violence stems from a conflict between Lendu militants, who are predominantly farmers, and Hema militants, who are predominantly herders. In 2017, attacks by Lendu militants against Hemas began in the state of Ituri and have been ongoing ever since. In 2021, the DRC’s government gave greater power to police forces and the military in Ituri as well as the neighboring state, North Kivu, in an attempt to prevent escalating attacks. Both the police and military have been accused of committing human rights violations.
In December of 2021, suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) terrorists killed sixteen people in the DRC. The ADF terror group originated in Western Uganda but has since moved the majority of its operations across the border into DRC’s North Kivu and Ituri provinces. An affiliate of ISIS, the group regularly conducts attacks in the Christian-dominated country, frequently killing, kidnapping, and displacing Christians.
Currently, efforts are being made to provide aid for victims following the latest string of attacks. However, this remains difficult due to the violence and instability in the region. Please pray that aid will be delivered quickly, along with the protection of aid distributors. Please also pray for an end to violence in Ituri and North Kivu, with long-term peace made possible.
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