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American missionary killed by Andaman Islands tribe

American missionary killed by Andaman Islands tribe

Visits to the island are heavily restricted, and the Sentinelese people are known to resist contact with outsiders, often attacking them.

The Sentinelese violently reject contact with the outside world and are protected under Indian law.

Subsequently, they returned to Port Blair and narrated the incident to Alexander and handed him the 13 pages of the journal written by Chau.

On his first day, Chau interacted with some tribesmen who survive by hunting, fishing and collecting wild plants until they became angry and shot an arrow at him.

He was killed. His body still lies there.

On Father's Day a year ago, Chau noted on Instagram that his father came to the U.S.as a refugee during China's Cultural Revolution.

The Sentinelese throw rocks and shoot arrows at planes or helicopters that pass overhead, and such is the hostility they show towards outsiders that only low-quality photos exist of the inhabitants.

A statement attributed to his family posted on his purported Instagram account said that Chau "had nothing but love for the Sentinelese people". Jeff King is President of the advocacy group "International Christian Concern".

"I still could make it back to the U.S. somehow as it nearly seems like certain death to stay here".

Chau hired a fishing dinghy and, aided by the fishermen, reached the vicinity of the island on November 16, before transferring to a canoe, the official said.

All seven locals who facilitated the trip have been arrested.

FILE - In this November 14, 2005 file photo, clouds hang over the North Sentinel Island, in India's southeastern Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

"He ventured out on his own free will and his local contacts need not be [prosecuted] for his own actions".

"As a family, we ask for your understanding and respect for him and us during this time".

The American who was killed was identified as John Allen Chau. There he prepared to undertake an expedition that he knew was unsafe.

An American missionary killed in a hail of arrows by an island tribe untouched by modern civilisation was bent on converting them to Christianity, it emerged today (Nov 22).

Two Indian fisherman fishing illegally off North Sentinel Island were killed by the tribe in 2006.

"The government's responsibility should be to keep a watch over them in the sense (that) no unauthorised people reach them and exploit them".

Chau knew this. In fact, he wrote a note to his family in which he indicated that what he was about to do could cost him his life.

"You guys might think I'm insane in all this but I think it's worth it to declare Jesus to these people", he wrote in the letter, which was obtained by DailyMail.com.

Chau had made two or three trips to the island using a canoe in the days before his death.

He went on: "Please do not be angry at them or at God if I get killed".

Mr Chau also worked with Mr Parks' non-profit organisation, More Than a Game, a soccer program for disadvantaged children, including refugees.

"The eternal lives of this [Sentinelese] tribe is at hand and I can't wait to see them around the throne of God worshipping in their own language as Revelation 7:9-10 states", Chau wrote, referring to the Bible's Book of Revelation.

In fact, John was so desperate to enter their homeland that he paid Rs 25,000 to the local fishermen to help him bypass the inspecting teams of policemen, Coast Guard, and Navy.

When the US Embassy here was reached for a response, its spokesperson said, "We are aware of reports concerning a US citizen in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands".

In this handout photo provided by the Indian Coast Guard and Survival International and taken on December 28, 2004, a Sentinelese tribesman aims his arrow at an Indian Coast Guard helicopter as it flies over North Sentinel Island in the Andaman Islands, in the wake of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. However, that did not deter the American. Illegal fishermen have continued to explore the area, but from a safe distance.

It is unknown exactly when Chau was murdered.

He gave the diary and letter to the fishermen and took a kayak back the island. Chau's Instagram feed displays his grotesquely swollen leg and says he spent several days in a hospital.

The Indian government drew a crucial lesson from Pandit's expeditions - it was in the best interest of the Sentinelese that they be left alone.


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