Two hundred people killed and fourty-thousand kidnapped this year in DRC
Since the beginning of this year, the attacks by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) show an "alarming increase".
The ADF insurgency has “killed nearly 200 people, injured dozens of others, and displaced an estimated 40,000 people in DRC’s Beni Territory in North Kivu province as well as nearby villages in Ituri province,” stated UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch, “In less than three months, the ADF has allegedly raided 25 villages, set fire to dozens of houses and kidnapped over 70 people”.
These attacks leave the villages and those living in them completely devastated. Despite these continued attacks, the DRC government has been completely incapable of protecting their citizens in Eastern DRC. Rebel and Islamic Extremists groups have run rampant in this area for more than two decades.
ADF, an affiliate of ISIS, has the primary aim 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.