They are facts—and a story—that we must pay attention to in the Central African country of 86.7 million. Since December 31, more than 100 people have died.
- On December 31, 25 people were killed in an attack by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in the village of Tingwe, also in the Beni region.
- On January 4, an estimated 22 civilians were killed in an overnight raid on the village of Mwenda, in the Beni region of neighboring North Kivu province. The attackers used guns and machetes, said Jeremi Mbweki, identified byReuters as a “civil society leader.” He said at least 17 more residents had been hacked to death in an attack on a nearby village the week before.
- On January 14, approximately 46 peoplebelonging to the Pygmy ethnic group, were killed in an attack by suspected militants of in Ituri province.
Because the DRC is 95 percent Christian, the majority of these deaths are believers.