12 Horrible Things That Happened on Christmas

Congo Christmas Massacre

Congo Christmas Massacre is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 12 Horrible Things That Happened on Christmas

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In the early 2000s, the Lord’s Resistance Army was a Christian cult that was strong, terrifying, and ruthless in its pursuit of terrorism. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, they would terrorize locals by cutting off people’s lips, killing children, and slaughtering entire villages. One such slaughter took place over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in 2008. The army targeted five villages, waited until they were celebrating the holiday, then attacked them all at once, killing virtually everyone. They used axes, bats, and machetes, and often raped women before they killed them.

The final death toll is still uncertain, but some reports put the number at more 600 people killed in a span of only three days.

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