India struggles to recover American killed by tribe

US missionary killed by an endangered tribe

US missionary killed by an endangered tribe

"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 According to the journal, which has been shared by his family to the media, Chau wrote, "You guys might think I'm insane in all this but I think it's worthwhile to declare Jesus to these people".

"God, I don't want to die", Chau wrote in his diary on 16 November, parts of which has been accessed by ThePrint.

In Instagram posts and journals, Chau wrote that he found the remote Sentinel Island inspiring but frightening.

John Allen Chau spent summers alone in a California cabin as a wilderness emergency responder, led backpacking expeditions in the Northwest's Cascade Mountains, nearly lost his leg to a rattlesnake bite, and coached soccer for poor children in Iraq and South Africa.

Authorities say Chau arrived in the area on October 16 and stayed on another island while he prepared to travel to North Sentinel. The fishermen returned to Port Blair and spoke to Alexander, who informed Chau's mother of his death.

According to AFP sources, Chau "tried to reach the Sentinel island on November 14 but could not make it". Chau returned later that day with arrow injuries. After dropping him the fishermen fixed their timings and place to meet each other between the shoreline and their high sea fishing area.

Dependra Pathak, the police chief in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, said officials are struggling to figure out how to recover his body and are consulting anthropologists, tribal experts and scholars to figure out a way.

A fellow missionary told his mother that Chau's plan was "not to tell anyone" what he was up to and avoid putting friends at risk, emails show.

"We maintained a distance from the island and have not yet been able to spot the body", Pathak said. "The welfare and safety of US citizens overseas is one of the highest priorities of the US Department of State".

"Please do not be angry at them or at God if I get killed".

India struggles to recover American killed by tribe
India struggles to recover American killed by tribe

Indian authorities in the Andamans, just east of North Sentinel Island, say that Chau paid local fishermen to take him off the shore so he could paddle the rest of the way himself. But he told a few people close to him, like Ramsey, who said Chau knew the island was a restricted area and his mission there was illegal.

Raised in Vancouver, Washington, Chau was first drawn to the outdoors after discovering a copy of "Robinson Crusoe" while in elementary school, he said in an article several years ago in The Outbound Collective, a website and app that helps people discover the outdoors. A murder case has been registered and the fishermen who took him there illegally have also been arrested. It will also "review the institutional mechanism to prevent unauthorised entry of any foreign national in the prohibited/restricted areas and also to suggest measures to prevent such incidents in future", the police release added. Who are these Sentinelese people?

The message is: The Sentinelese folk are quite happy where they are, thank you very much.

An Indian Coast Guard helicopter which flew over the island after the 2004 Asian Tsunami was attacked with arrows. Try putting yourself in Chau's shoes, and you will find a similar tendency driving you to convert and mould people into what you want them to be.

However, this has changed as the government has lifted the RAP until December 31, 2022.

The lifting of RAP meant that foreigners could be allowed to visit these islands without permission from the government.

"The British colonial occupation of the Andaman Islands decimated the tribes living there, wiping out thousands of tribespeople, and only a fraction of the original population now survive". "These people are not specimens for tourists to see".

The tribe according to officials must be left alone and anyone forcibly trying to contact them can put themselves in danger.

Of course we can't stop missionaries from preaching faith, they have legal and social authority.

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