Over a dozen dead in DRC clinic attack

September 1, 2022 by Noah Cassetto in Africa

At about 10:40 PM, at the end of another long day for the unsuspecting victims, armed men attacked a rural clinic in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Patients and staff had just settled in for the night, completely unaware of the danger they were in.

Thirteen people, including children, were reported dead, many of them Christians. Lume mayor Kasereka Ise Mighambo reported that four patients burnt to death inside the building. Open Doors field partners report that there may have been more. 

The clinic was operated by the CECA20 (Evangelical Community in Central Africa), a Christian organization bringing crucial healthcare to rural areas in the eastern DRC. The attackers were from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a rebel group that has become notorious for its actions in the DRC. 

The eastern DRC is rife with different militia groups, including Islamic extremists. As Christians have fled,  seeking safety elsewhere, the church’s presence in the area has dropped significantly. Field partners have shared their exhaustion as they face recurring violent attacks. ADF has consistently targeted and attacked Christians, inflicting tremendous loss on the DRC church.  

Although the DRC and Uganda have been coordinating joint offensives since 2021, there are regular attacks on civilians. Christians are not spared from the destruction and are sometimes targeted.

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Christians in the DRC desperately need our prayers for peace and relief, that they might finally be able to worship without fear of an attack. Join us in praying for the church in the DRC and the victims of this senseless attack.