American missionary killed by tribe on remote Indian island
By Sanjib Kumar Roy
PORT BLAIR, India (Reuters) - 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.
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.
"A murder case has been registered against unknown persons," Pathak said, adding that the local fishermen suspected of illegally ferrying Chau to the 60-square-km (23-square-mile) island had been arrested on separate charges.
Chau was killed by members of the Sentinelese community using bows and arrows, according to multiple media accounts.
Chau's social media posts identify him as an adventurer and explorer. 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."
Chau also said in the blog: "I definitely get my inspiration for life from Jesus."
Based on his social media posts, Chau appears to have visited India multiple times in the last few years, exploring and preaching in many parts of southern India.
"We recently learned from an unconfirmed report that John Allen Chau was reported killed in India while reaching out to members of the Sentinelese Tribe in the Andaman Islands," members of the Chau family said in a post on his Instagram page.
The family described him as a "beloved son, brother and uncle" as well as a Christian missionary, wilderness emergency medical technician, soccer coach and mountaineer.
"He loved God, life, helping those in need and had nothing but love for the Sentinelese people," the family said. "We forgive those reportedly responsible for his death. We also ask for the release of those friends he had in the Andaman Islands."
The family asked that local contacts not be prosecuted in the case.
BURIED IN THE SAND
Police said in a statement that they had launched an investigation into Chau's death after being contacted by the U.S. consulate in the southern Indian city of Chennai.
"We are aware of reports concerning a U.S. citizen in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands," a consulate spokeswoman said in an email, but declined to provide further details.
Pathak said a Coast Guard vessel with police and experts on the tribe had gone to scout the island and formulate a plan to recover Chau's body. North Sentinel Island is about 50 km (31 miles) west of Port Blair, the capital of the island cluster.
Chau made two or three trips to the island by canoe from Nov. 15, making contact with the tribe but returning to his boat, Pathak said. He told the fishermen on Nov. 16 he would not come back from the island and instructed them to return home and pass on some handwritten notes he had made to a friend.
The next morning they saw his body being dragged across a beach and buried in the sand, the police chief said, adding: "This was a misplaced adventure in a highly protected area."
A source with access to Chau's notes said Chau had taken scissors, safety pins and a football as gifts to the tribe.
In his notes, the source said, Chau wrote that some members of the tribe were good to him while others were very aggressive.
"I have been so nice to them. Why are they so angry and so aggressive?" the source quoted Chau as saying.
The source, who asked not to be named, said Chau wrote that he was "doing this to establish the kingdom of Jesus on the island...Do not blame the natives if I am killed."
In 2006, two fishermen who strayed onto the island were killed and their bodies never recovered. An Indian Coast Guard helicopter sent to retrieve the bodies was repelled by a volley of arrows from the community.
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Vincent21 hours ago
From the BBC ...a DIFFERENT STORY...go figure
"He was an adventurer. His intention was to meet the aborigines."
Officials say the islanders have lived in isolation for nearly 60,000 years and therefore have no immunities to common illnesses such as the flu and measles.
Advocacy group Survival International said that by contacting the community, Chau may have passed along pathogens that have the "potential to wipeout the entire tribe" of about 50 to 150 people.
There are many reasons for not going. The most important being that this is a group of people who might not have any immunity to any of our diseases. We have to be strong against our curiosity and leave these people alone. Time and time again we have forced ourselves and our beliefs onto these type of people. We have devastated whole cultures, sometimes unintentionally. I believe that this was justified and hope we leave these people alone for as long as we can.
Well, it's sad that Mr. John Chau died, but he should have heeded the warnings and respected the OFF LIMITS Tribe and their Island. Then again, these Missionary types won't listen to rhyme nor reason....
Laughing at the haters!23 hours ago
Bruh, that's ALL on you. Rest in peace. Thoughts & prayers.
Hmmm...I think I'll go for a swim in a pool full of piranhas. Everything should work out just fine, right?!?
Jerry2 days ago
There's a reason why its off limits. People should respect these laws for their own good.
While i appreciate the desire for people to serve on the mission field I find it so disturbing how many do it despite being warned and warned and warned to stay out of specific areas. It is sad but not unexpected and they person and their families should have known better
Maybe the native tribe got word from the New World tribes as to what happens when christian missionaries show up.
The area is off limits and therefore the man gets no sympathy from me. Leave the Tribesmen alone. Much like my Native American forefathers suffered from the hands of others who interfered, I do not want to see this tribe being bothered.
I imagine he went there a couple of times, and natural curiosity kept when natives at bay, he left, they had a meeting and agreed he was a destructive force, and when he returned, they killed him immediately. He didn't belong there to begin with, and suffered the consequences of his disrespect.
As I understand it, this tribe has experienced death as a result of contracting disease from outsiders. The Native Americans on the American continent largely died off as a result of diseases brought by Western settlers. This die-off gave rise to the policy of Manifest Destiny.
Not having the science to know what was actually causing the afflictions, the early European settlers in the Americas attributed it to God's will. They believed God had manifested their destiny to populate the American continents and so laws governing this Westward expansion were enacted including the Homestead Act.
He knowingly trespassed where forbidden. He said he got his "inspiration from Jesus". Getting crucified is a very just and fitting result of his challenge to the people who have a right to be there and defend their land.
This year's Darwin Award winner? Apparently he worked hard for it.
It's too bad it cost him his life, but he knew he wasn't supposed to be there regardless of his motives. Those people know the outside world exists and they want no part of it.
Bill20 hours ago
What would make this man believe after all these years he could talk and convert these people where others have failed ? If they wanted to modernize they would have ,they don't so stay away.
Jus because he wants to do it, doesn’t mean he should. Sorry for his lost but common sense and a little respect to the people there would’ve kept you alive
Judge( to convict) I sentence you to 5 days on Sentinel Island instead of 30 years in prison. If you survive, and you wont, you will become a free man
Convict - I'll take the 30 years your honor
checking it outyesterday
don't go round forcing your beliefs on others this wont happen!
I don't blame them one bit.
Runner16 hours ago
I am a feminist with a strong background in criminal justice. I am not soft on crime, unlike many feminists, who push easy punishments, like rehab and counseling. The real criminal in this case is Chau. He did something egregious and illegal. He paid for with his life. I wish the moment he was cascaded with arrows was caught on video for all to see. He was playing with fire and paid the ultimate price. If you ask me, he got what was coming.
Donald Meh Trumpyesterday
Other beings do not need to share your personal beliefs.
r2 days ago
good riddance, the amalikan must learn to observe rule and law while in foreign land.
Army Of One21 hours ago
The natives on that island still live like it's 500 B.C.
Many of us have endured the arrogance and disrespect of religious nuts repeatedly coming to our homes, unasked, trying to convert us. Tragically, he finally met some folks who wouldn't put up with it. The church needs to stop sending its people into harm's way.
Why in the world would he go there?
Christian missionaries have imposed their will on indigenous tribes for centuries, and always at the detriment of the tribe. Leave them alone if they want to be left alone.
But did they get the football back?
In a place where the tribes enjoy isolation and safety, you came and disturbed their peaceful life and bring them the God they knew nothing about and they had already Gods too many to worship and adore, what should the consequences be?
Why do Americans ignore laws in other countries
They might be uncivilized but they took care of that threat pretty quick, and they didn't even need razor wire!
And all I get to do is slam the door when these missionaries try to visit me.
What this article failed to mention was that the tribespeople have been decimated by diseases brought by outsiders in the past--they don't have immunity to them--and this is the reason they are so violently opposed to being visited. Can't blame them.
El Nigro Loco14 hours ago
Leave them alone. Thank God no Tribesman was charged for the protecting his society
Just leave these free people as they want to be, FREE
Sorry, there was fair warning. Don’t go places where you’re not welcome
The tribe was protecting their borders.
Chau went to the island with good intentions but ignorant. He was putting the islanders in danger by potentially spreading new diseases to them which they have no resistance.
Sounds like he got what he expected.
god has answered his calling.
Maybe we can hire these guys to protect our southern border.