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At Least 80 Christians Killed in Congo: UN Is Silent

At least 80 Christians have been brutally murdered in a wave of attacks in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to Open Doors.

More than 95% of Democratic Republic of the Congo are Christians
More than 95% of Democratic Republic of the Congo are Christians

This tragic news, which should have sparked global outrage, has instead been met with a deafening silence from the international community. Between June 4 and June 8, villages in North Kivu were targeted by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a militant group linked to the Islamic State. Over 50 Christians were killed in a single day on June 7, with homes burned to the ground and families left shattered, according to Open Doors.

Pastor Kambale Aristote from the CECA20 church, a voice of resilience amidst this horror, pleads for prayers: “Really, it is prayer, nothing but prayer.” The local Christian community is asking for global solidarity and intervention, yet their cries seem to vanish into the void of international indifference.

The Plight of Christians in Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo, a country rich in resources and predominantly Christian, is no stranger to conflict. However, the targeted persecution of Christians by groups like the ADF is a particularly sinister aspect of the ongoing violence. These militants, driven by a radical Islamist agenda, seek to forcibly convert Christians to Islam, using brutal methods to instill fear and compliance.

A Congo mother holding her baby
A Congo mother holding her baby (Image by Wendyfleury from Pixabay)

The recent attacks show the persistent threat facing Christians in the DRC. The ADF’s campaign of terror has not only resulted in countless deaths but also widespread displacement. Christian farmers, who were preparing for harvest, now find themselves fleeing for their lives, their livelihoods destroyed. The impact on these communities is devastating, with many families left without means to support themselves.

A Broader Context: Christians in Africa Continue To Suffer

This tragedy is not confined to the borders of the DRC. Across Africa, from Nigeria to Sudan, Christians are under siege. Churches are burned, congregations attacked, and believers forced to choose between their faith and their lives. Despite the widespread nature of this persecution, the response from the international community has been woefully inadequate.

Rwenzori Mountains, Congo border
Rwenzori Mountains, Congo border. Image by Jørgen Christian Wind Nielsen from Pixabay

The case of Pastor Paluku Katahiindwa Claude and his wife, Katungu Vyahasa Esther, underscores the personal toll of this violence. Missing since May 15, when they went to their farm, their disappearance has left nine children in anguish. Their Bible, found abandoned on the road, is a haunting symbol of the peril Christians face. This family’s plight is a microcosm of the larger crisis engulfing the region, according to Open Doors.

The Deafening Silence of the International Community

The global response to the persecution of Christians in Africa is hypocritical when we compare it to the reaction when Israel defends itself against terrorism. The same voices that are quick to condemn Israel’s actions fall silent when Christians are slaughtered. This double standard is not only hypocritical but deeply troubling. It suggests that the lives of these African Christians are somehow less valuable, their suffering less worthy of attention to the eyes of the human rights organizations.

This indifference is a betrayal of our shared values. The right to practice one’s faith without fear is a fundamental human right, yet it is being systematically violated. The international community must not only condemn these atrocities but take concrete action to protect vulnerable populations.

A Call to Action

Humans are called to stand with the persecuted. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 31:8-9, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” This is not just a call to prayer, but to action. We must raise our voices, hold our leaders accountable, and demand justice for our brothers and sisters in humanity in the DRC and beyond.

The persecution of Christians in the Congo is more than a regional issue; it is a battle for the very values that underpin our faith and our humanity. The international community’s silence reminds us that our work is far from over. We must advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves, ensure that justice is served, and uphold the principles of faith, dignity, and freedom. We are the voice of the voiceless.

Together, we can defend our shared values and bring hope to those who are persecuted. In doing so, we honor the commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves and stand firm in our commitment to justice and righteousness.


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