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DRC: Christians abducted and churches looted

October 2019

More than 200 people have been abducted and a church mission hospital and shops looted by Islamist extremists during a raid on Boga, Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Bishop of Boga Diocese, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rt Rev. William Bahemuka, said the Muslim militant group ADF (Allied Democratic Forces) had attacked the town in Ituri province in the early hours of 23 August.

The ADF Islamist terrorist group has been operating in the region for more than two decades and has repeatedly attacked Christians.

According to Barnabas Fund contacts, crowds gathered in the street in the aftermath of the raid in Boga. During the three-hour assault, government troops based in Boga were overrun by the militants.

Rev. Bahemuka said, ‘The situation is terrible. People are terrified. Families are traumatised and grieving over their abducted loved ones. The ADF has never been active in Boga, so people don’t know how to understand the situation.

‘I appeal to people of good will everywhere to lobby their home governments to put pressure on the DRC government to stabilise the security situation in eastern Congo. We also appeal for a massive outpouring of sustained prayer from Christians everywhere’.