Dozens of people, including two UN peacekeepers, have been massacred in separate attacks by militants from the Muslim Defense International organisation in the volatile North Kivu region of eastern DRC Congo.
Their terror campaign against mostly Christian communities resumed with strength in September after a relative lull for more than six months.
According to a World Watch Monitor report, the attacks have mainly targeted the Eglise du Rocher (the ‘Church on the Rock’) active mainly among pygmies. Mike Anticoli, founder of the church said: “We have lost over 20 church members so far, and countless more have been slaughtered beside them all over North Kivu … senseless killing, mourning and trying to get up and start over has become a routine way of life.”
The MDI and other armed rebels slaughtered over 1,000 people in North Kivu between October 2014 and May 2016, sometimes targeting whole communities of Christians. On 16 October 2014, a pastor and his wife were butchered to death in their sleep.