Islamic Militant Attack Leaves 11 Christians Dead in DRC

Farrukh Saif

May 20, 2024

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In a horrific act of violence, members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an Islamic extremist group, carried out a brutal attack on the Christian community in Ndimo village, Ituri province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on May 13, 2024.

The militants stormed the village around 8 p.m., killing 11 Christians and kidnapping several others. They also set fire to numerous houses, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.

The attack is the latest in a series of atrocities committed by the ADF against innocent civilians, particularly targeting Christian communities in the region. The group, which pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in 2019, has been responsible for numerous massacres, abductions, and displacements of people in the DRC and neighboring countries.

Trail of Destruction Left by Extremist Group:

Local sources report that the militants specifically targeted Christian households, separating them from others before carrying out the killings and abductions. The victims included men, women, and children, some of whom were brutally murdered in front of their families.

This recent attack is a continuation of ongoing persecution and violence faced by Christians in the DRC and other parts of Africa. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is predominantly Christian, with an estimated 95.8% of Christian population and less than 2% Muslim. Despite the small Muslim population, these Muslim groups target Christians, and the Congolese government has failed to protect them.

Although the DRC government has vowed to intensify its military operations against the ADF and other armed groups operating in the region. However, concerns remain about the government’s ability to protect vulnerable Christians, especially in remote areas where militant groups have established strongholds.

The recent attack on the Christian community in Ndimo village serves as a somber reminder of the persistent threat of Christian persecution. It highlights the urgent need for united efforts to address the underlying causes of such violence as the community mourns the loss of their loved ones.

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Farrukh Saif

Farrukh H. Saif, a courageous Christian human rights activist, established the Farrukh Saif Foundation in 2009 to confront religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, and bonded slavery in Pakistan. His dedication to liberating bonded laborers from brick kilns and advocating for blasphemy victims and asylum seekers has garnered international acclaim. Despite encountering threats and fatwas, his impactful work persists in supporting marginalized communities. In 2018, the foundation merged with The Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved, enhancing its global outreach.

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