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Islamist militants are suspected to have killed between 20 and 40 villagers in the eastern areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Late in the evening on 3 May, attackers carried machetes and axes into a village located within the North Kivu province. “Between 8pm and 10pm, the enemy managed to get past army positions and kill peaceful residents in their homes,” reported local administrator Bernard Amisi Kalonda.

A Christian missionary added that thousands of people have already fled the area since the militants’ unexpected attack. “It was eerie; hundreds of houses abandoned and thousands of people displaced,” the missionary said of the mass exodus. “I saw four coffins and a funeral or two on the road. I saw people carrying their mattresses and things in cars, on motorcycles, on foot. Where there was a thriving community, there is now a ghost town.”

The local population in the related area is overwhelmingly Christian (95.8%), and the resulting impact on them has been immense. Referencing the attack, a pastor of a church in the community reported that the people are terrified. While some contemplated fleeing again, others have opted to stay in hopes that things will normalise soon.

Source: World Watch Monitor

 Prayer Points

  • Commit to the Lord those who are grieving; pray they will be comforted by the knowledge the Lord walks with them during this difficult time. Pray for His protection.
  • Uphold those in need of healing from physical injury or emotional trauma due to the attack.
  • Pray for the perpetrators responsible for this horrific attack. May they come to know the God of those they persecute and, as a result, be able to proclaim Him as their own Saviour and Lord.