US Man Killed By Arrow Shots Trying To Reach Isolated Andaman Tribe

Isolated Indian tribe kill American evangelist who ventured too close

An American self-styled adventurer and Christian missionary has been killed and buried by a tribe of hunter-gatherers on a remote island in the Indian Ocean where he had gone to proselytize, local law enforcement officials said on Wednesday.

The family of a U.S. man killed by islanders who shun contact with the outside world say they forgive those responsible.

Local daily Andaman Sheekha newspaper quoted sources to report that Chau visited Andaman and Nicobar Islands five times in the past and had a strong desire to meet Sentinelese Tribes for preaching Christianity.

They do make periodic checks, albeit from a safe distance, to ensure the tribe's well-being, following a strict "eyes on, hands off" policy.

A host of people have taken to social media to determine the reason behind 27-year-old Chau's visit to the island.

He appears to have been tolerated until his penultimate journey, when locals started losing patience.

Prince declined to discuss what Chau had told him about his plans for traveling in India or the islands, saying he wanted to focus on Chau's legacy. Its people survived the tsunami of 2004 without any help from the outside world. With the help of a friend, Chau hired fishermen for $325 to take him there on a boat, Mr. Pathak said. Chau returned later that day with arrow injuries. Alongside pictures taken in the jungle, he wrote: 'Adventure awaits.

Slain American missionary John Chau poses proudly with his newborn nephew.

A passage from Chau's journals further supports the claim of his being a Christian missionary. During his initial encounter, Mr Chau wrote how he was "just inches" away from the tribes people and offered them gifts such as a football and fish in his journal.

"I regret I began to panic slightly as I saw them string arrows in their bows". Mr Chau had written, the source said.

Another said Chau was "doing this to establish the kingdom of Jesus on the island". "I have no question it was to bring the gospel of Jesus to them", Staver said.

The officer told News18 that Chau was held hostage for two days inside the forest before he was killed.

It is unknown exactly when Chau was murdered.

John Chau grew up in America's deep south but travelled the world extensively.

The next morning, the fishermen - now arrested for taking him close to the "mouth of death" - saw the tribe, the Sentinelese, burying someone on the shore.

Responding to a travel blog query about what was on the top of his adventure list, Chau said: "Going back to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in India".

Survival International, an organization that works for the rights of tribal people, said the most recent killing should prompt Indian authorities to continue to protect the lands of the Sentinelese and other Andaman tribes.

In 2006, two fishermen whose boat strayed into the waters around the island were killed - and their bodies have never been found, Reuters reports.

Police said he first went ashore in his kayak on November 15 and sent the boat with the fishermen out to sea to avoid detection.

But even officials don't travel to North Sentinel, where people live as their ancestors did thousands of years ago, and where outsiders are seen with suspicion and attacked.

John Allen Chau, 26, was slain on North Sentinel Island, which is home to what is considered the last pre-Neolithic tribe in the world and typically out of bounds to visitors, said Dependra Pathak, the director general of police in Andaman and Nicobar.

"He was a beloved son, brother, uncle, and best friend to us", the statement read. "He loved God, life, helping those in need, and he had nothing but love for the Sentinelese people".

Another group in the Andaman Islands, the Jarawa people, are also hostile to outsiders, but their future is under threat from a highway which runs through their territory.

On The Outbound Collective, Chau had posted about his overseas adventures, saying he loved "to explore, so whether it's trekking through dense old growth forests near the Chilliwack River (on the USA border with Canada), finding a rumored waterfall in the jungles of the Andamans, or just wandering around a city to get a feel for the vibes, I'm an explorer at heart".

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