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.