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At least 17 Christians died in DRC attack

Church leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are asking for your prayers after a recent series of attacks on churches has left at least 17 Christians dead.

At least 17 Christians have been killed in a spate of attacks across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in July, and church leaders are asking for your prayers. The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militant group are suspected to be behind the attacks on Christians and churches.

The Reverend Joel Tibasima Bamaraki (pictured right), who was a father in his 30s, and two church elders were killed in an attack in Kabasungora village in the Bahema-Boga locality on 23 July.

The ADF attacked again on 24 July, killing at least seven Christians and setting two churches on fire in Kayera village, Bahema-Mitego locality. 

Further attacks took place on 27 and 29 July, and 1 August.

“Now it is worse because it is targeting the church leaders,” says Reverend Besisa Birahure, who leads a church in one of the areas that was attacked on 1 August. “We are overwhelmed. What can we do? Because of this massacre in which we are, which is one too many and we don’t know what to do… So keep praying for us; whatever difficulties become harder and harder, may God sustain us to stand firm.”


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