Liliane Mapalayi

A funeral guest holds a flier depicting Sr. Liliane Mapalayi.

(Courtesy of Kasai Direct)

Date of Death
February 2, 2012


On Feb. 2, 2012, Sr. Liliane Mapalayi, 32,  of the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary was attacked and stabbed to death at around 1 p.m. in a high school that her congregation managed in Kananga, Democratic Republic of Congo. Fellow nuns and the institution's director responded to screams and commotion coming from Mapalayi’s office. The sister died bleeding in their arms as they rushed her to the hospital. She had been stabbed in her heart by a kitchen knife.

Mapalayi was working in the parish school as the accountant, and her murder was attributed to post-election violence that saw Catholic clergy targeted for their role as one of the election’s largest voter observers.