Bishop William Bahemuka has reported that Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) an Islamic rebel group - attacked the town of Boga, in the Ituri Province on Friday and abducted over 200 women and children.
Rebels outnumbered Boga government troops in the three hour raid in which the Anglican Mission Hospital was looted, along with a number of shops and cattle.
Residents of the town fled during the attack, but the number of safe spaces to flee too are limited due to ethnic conflict in the north and outbreaks of Ebola in the south.
Eastern DRC has struggled with increasing political, public health and security instability due to the presence of armed groups, military operations and an influx of refugees to the region.
In a statement released on the GAFCON website The Bishop of the Diocese of Boga said: "I travelled immediately to Boga, Bishop Bahemuka said, "to investigate the situation, advocate for our people, and extend to them the care of the church. The situation is terrible. People are terrified. Families are traumatized and grieving over their abducted loved ones. The ADF has never been active in Boga, so people are confused and don't know how to understand the current situation."
He added: "I appeal to people of good will everywhere to lobby their home governments to put pressure on the DR Congo government to stabilize the security situation in eastern Congo. We also appeal for a massive outpouring of sustained prayer from Christians everywhere. The situation is so desperate that we need God's supernatural intervention. May God have mercy on us."
Bishop Bahemuka said the Army dispatched additional troops to provide security and search for those who were abducted.
No casualties have been reported.
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