The Congo: Massacre Season

They were awakened by "an awful din—stones and clubs began crashing through the windows." Then, recalled 58-year-old Ruth Hege, a Baptist missionary from Ohio, "the men found us. They pulled us through the house, onto the porch." Her companion, Fellow Missionary Irene Ferrel, 42, from Idaho, was killed by an arrow. "I feigned that I was dead," said Missionary Hege. "Young men kicked me or grabbed me by the hair. Once a man came up and put his hand on my chest to see if I was really dead. The Lord calmed me and let me lie still."

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