10/07/2022 DRC (International Christian Concern) – According to a report by French media outlet AFP, 10 civilians were killed in an attack on the village of Vido in North Kivu, a province in northeast DRC. 20 others are missing after the attack. Among those murdered was an Anglican pastor, according to local leader Patrick Musubao.
The attack is suspected of having been perpetrated by the Islamist terrorist group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an affiliate of ISIS. ADF has the primary goal of creating an Islamic caliphate in Central Africa. In order to achieve this, they often assault, kidnap and kill Christians.
While a large majority (85-90%) of DRC’s population is Christian, violence rooted in Islamic extremism continues to worsen, putting the country 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 ADF.
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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