In the sterile words of Wikipedia and other sources, the province of North Kivu at the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda and Rwanda is “politically unstable” and “volatile,” but for the villagers whose homeland has been taken over by ruthless Islamic jihadists, the word is “genocide.”

Over 95 percent of the natives of the province are Christian, and the brutal reign of terror of the Muslim Defense International (MDI), a decades-long alliance of militants that began with former Ugandan strongman Idi Amin, has targeted them for persecution.

The United Nations says the MDI has slaughtered more than 500 residents in the past two-years alone, and according to reports as many as 50, including women and children in an attack on May 4.

Bernard Amisi Kalonda, the local administrator there, told international news source, Agence France-Presse, that the militants butchered the villagers with machetes and axes in the middle of the night.

“Between 20:00 and 22:00, the enemy managed to get past army positions and kill peaceful residents in their homes, slashing their throats. The 16 bodies are in front of me, killed by machete or axe.”

The MDI has a terror policy that includes attempting to force Christians to convert to Islam or face kidnap, torture and death, resulting in many fleeing their homes

A missionary living in the area, who was not identified by name, told World Watch Monitor, an organization that follows persecution of Christians around the world, that the people are “terrified.”

“It was eerie; hundreds of houses abandoned and thousands of people displaced. I saw four coffins and a funeral or two on the road. I saw people carrying their mattresses and things in cars, on motorcycles, on foot. Hundreds of homes along the road are abandoned. Where there was thriving community, there is now a ghost town.”

In 2015, an open letter written by the Bishops of the Province called upon the international community to act against the genocide, asking: “Does the situation have to deteriorate even more before the international community takes measures against jihadism?”

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