“United Nations, Your Silence is Getting Worse”: Extremist Persecution of Christians, September 2018

Central African Republic: As many as 42 people — mostly Christian women — “were hacked to death … after suspected Islamist rebels attacked a group of civilians in the central town of Bria” between September 4-5. Some died by machete, others by gunshot. At least one of the butchered women was pregnant. “They [Seleka militants] don’t want to see any Christians here,” one church leader said. “Christians never go to town…. They have barricaded all roads, and if you venture out, you are at your own peril. We Christians have nothing else to do, no food to eat, no place to go. We rely only on prayers. Please pray for us!”

Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Muslim militants slaughtered as many as 40 people in the Christian town of Beni. According to one report:

“… the assailants, in great number, attacked the city by surprise at around 5.30pm … They fired light and heavy weapons, and targeted residential areas, causing panic among the inhabitants… Eyewitnesses said some of the victims were killed with machetes, while an undetermined number of others were injured. According to a local pastor, at least 27 victims have been identified as members of local churches.”

A week earlier, on September 18, the same extremists murdered a Christian grandmother and injured four of her grandchildren. “These rebels who call themselves the Muslim Defense International also hit near our base in Ngadi three times,” said an aid worker. According to the report, the group “has operated in the region since 1995, has been blamed for hundreds of civilian deaths over the past four years and of trying to uproot Christians from north-eastern DRC through attacks, rape, looting, kidnap and murder.”

via “United Nations, Your Silence is Getting Worse”: Extremist Persecution of Christians, September 2018

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