Dozens killed as Islamist violence erupts again in eastern DRC

Dozens killed as Islamist violence erupts again in eastern DRC
After a period of relative calm, violence has resumed in eastern DRC. Various attacks by armed groups, including the radical Islamic group Muslim Defense International (MDI), formerly known as the Allied Democratic Forces, have claimed dozens lives among civilians in September and October. In one recent attack on 26 October, . . . Read More

Two UN peacekeepers among dozens killed by Islamist militants in eastern DRC

Two UN peacekeepers among dozens killed by Islamist militants in eastern DRC
Dozens of people have lost their lives in recent days in separate attacks attributed to the radical Islamic group Muslim Defense International (MDI), formerly known as the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), in the volatile region of North Kivu in eastern DRC. According to local sources, 11 people were killed when a convoy . . . Read More

Three killed, three kidnapped as ADF Islamists strike again in eastern DRC

Three killed, three kidnapped as ADF Islamists strike again in eastern DRC
Three people were hacked to death with machetes while three others were kidnapped in a raid carried out by armed men on Saturday, 2 September, in Lahe-Malolu/Vemba village, situated 12km from Beni, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s volatile eastern region of North Kivu. Speaking to the UN-based Radio . . . Read More

DRC clergy call for ‘unconditional’ release of kidnapped priests

Catholic church leaders from the diocese of Butembo-Béni, in the volatile province of North-Kivu, in north-eastern DRC, have called for the release of their fellow priests, kidnapped by unknown armed men ten days ago. Fr Pierre Akilimali and Fr Charles Kipasa were kidnapped by about ten armed men in camouflage, . . . Read More

Two priests kidnapped in eastern DR Congo

Two priests kidnapped in eastern DR Congo
Two Catholic priests were kidnapped by unknown armed men during the night of Sunday 16 July in their parish of Beni-Butembo, in the volatile province of North-Kivu, in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Fides reports. According to a note sent to Fides by CEPADHO (a local NGO . . . Read More

Are attacks on DRC churches religiously motivated?

Are attacks on DRC churches religiously motivated?
Amid the increasing political unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo, senior Catholic leaders have reported increasing attacks on church properties, and the intimidation and even torture of clergy. Below, World Watch Monitor’s Africa Bureau Chief, Illia Djadi, gives his perspective on what’s driving the new wave of violence. What . . . Read More