Citizens in the town of Beni, located in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), are shaken as eight people died at the hand of Islamist militant Allied Democratic Force (ADF).
Just a few weeks earlier, the ADF attacked Beni, leaving 30 people dead and many wounded. A victim of this attack said this, “It was around 6pm. There were many of them [ADR members]. Some of them had guns, others machetes. They pushed me around for a while before someone forced me into the bush. Two of them slashed me with their machetes. After the second blow, I laid still like a corpse. They watched me bleed for what seemed like forever and then left, thinking I was dead. Afterwards, they went to a nearby house and set it on fire before taking off.”
The ADR has killed at least 700 people in various massacres since October 2014. Some believe the ADR has an agenda to uproot the Christian population form the area in order to gain a foothold for expansion into the rest of the East Africa Lakes region.
Please continue to pray for this situation. Pray for the bereaved to experience God’s comfort. Pray for courage for the church as her leaders continue ministering under the very trying circumstances.