Fighting in Burundi forces Seventh Day Baptists from their homes and places of worship near the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The attack in Burundi comes ahead of a crucial presidential and parliamentary vote scheduled for May and June. On the night of Dec. 30, approximately 200 rebels crossed from the Democratic Republic of the Congo into Burundi, close to the town of Cibitoke. It is reported that soldiers killed 95 rebels and took nine others into custody. Two soldiers also died in the firefight. This central African country has a long history of political violence. Until the Burundian general elections of 2010, the principles of Arusha seemed to set the country on the right track. But the 2010 elections went badly. Irregularities and post-election violence doomed Burundi’s democracy. A wave of post-election violence killed some of the opposition leaders and forced others into exile.
See web articles for more details on this recent unrest:
“This war was started by the Rebels from Republic Democratic of CONGO (RDC). Now the peoples of that area are living in bad condition. They ran every time from hill to another hill and they sleep in bushes or in the forests…In that area where the war is, we have 8 congregations like SDB RWESERO , SDB NKUNA, SDB RUGANO, SDB NYARURINZI, SDB MUTOBO, SDB BUKINANYANA, SDB KABUYE and SDB BITARE. We come before you to request prayers and if it is possible you may assist those brethren…”
– Pastor Gilbert NDUWAYO,
General Secretary of Burundi Conference
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1
– Garfield Miller, Missions Coordinator (Jamaica)