Jihadists in the Democratic Republic of Congo killed without mercy 50 Christians mostly women and children this month of May alone, adding to their 500 victims from the time they began their rampage in 2014.
In one incident last May 4 the Islamic militants stormed the country's eastern region leaving 34 people dead including eight women and four children.
"Between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. the enemy sneaked through army positions and killed peaceful residents in their homes by slashing their throat," local administrator Bernard Amisi Kalonda said.
Two days after they launched another attack killing 13 people including two members of the Church on the Rock mission.
"We are heartbroken, half-terrified, questioning our faith, but again we are determined and carrying on," the church founder Mike Anticoli told World Watch Monitor.
He said they have become a target obviously because of the fact that we are training local leaders and aspiring missionaries from several churches and denominations.
Last Saturday a confidential report reached the United Nations Security Council that a Congolese army general recruited, financed, and armed an Islamist group from Uganda to kill civilians. The report was validated by UN experts in-charge of monitoring the sanctions against Congo saying FARDC (Congolese army) were behind the killings of civilians.
These terrorist groups belong to the Muslim Defense International, which has been operating in Congo for over 20 years.