Christians who live in the eastern part of the DRC are at incredible risk. The region is home to more than 100 armed groups, some of whom specifically target followers of Jesus. This leaves Christians and churches in this part of the country vulnerable to attacks, including murder, abduction and sexual violence. Church leaders who speak out against the violence are at risk of being targetted, making it difficult to raise their voices against the atrocities. The violence has led to a massive displacement crisis in the DRC, and many believers are among the displaced.
In parts of the country dominated by other faiths, converts from both Islam and indigenous religions can be pressured to participate in non-Christian religious activities and ceremonies, adding to the challenges that religious minorities face in the area. Some church leaders who have spoken out against corruption and violence have reported incidents of verbal harassment and interference as a consequence of their advocacy.
The situation in the DRC continues to be extremely violent and volatile for believers. The stories are heartbreaking, and the church is suffering—the people of God are resilient, but the violence can be overwhelming.
Christians who live in the eastern part of the country (particularly North Kivu province) are most at risk of violent attack.
"When I think of the child who is dead and the other one with the eye problem, I say to myself, God, if I had left them at home and gone off alone, maybe I could have been hurt alone. Then I remind myself that the devil came to upset God's plan, so I say, God help me, and may You continue to comfort me.”Neema, a Christian in the DRC who lost a son (and had another son injured) in a church attack in January 2023
Churches and Christians in the DRC remain at risk for violent attacks—particularly if they speak out against the violence. Islamic militant groups target believers as part of their terror campaigns. More than 5 million people are displaced, and humanitarian relief cannot reach some people in need because of the threats and violence. The church remains resilient, showing the miraculous power of the Holy Spirit at work within believers in the DRC.
Open Doors works through local partners to support Christians in the DRC through persecution survival training, economic empowerment projects and trauma care.
Oh God, our hearts are broken by the horrific stories of violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We grieve with so many believers who have lost loved ones or endured unspeakable evil. We "mourn with those who mourn" (Romans 12:15). Be present, merciful Father, with our sisters and brothers in the DRC—help them to know that You are with them and are their hope. Please, bring peace. In the name of Jesus, be near to your people. Amen.