American Missionary Killed Attempting to Reach ‘most remote’ Tribe in the World

ChurchLeaders | 11/21/2018 | Staff
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After numerous attempts to reach an isolated tribe with the Gospel, American missionary John Chau has reportedly been killed. The 27-year-old Alabama man had made several trips to the Andaman and Nicobar islands, part of the North Sentinel Islands chain located 850 miles east of the Indian subcontinent. According to fishermen who helped Chau reach the area, tribespeople attacked him with arrows and later dragged his body with a rope around his neck.

Chau had a tourist visa, but one police official says, “We refuse to call him a tourist” because “he came with a specific purpose to preach on a prohibited island.” The missionary hadn’t told authorities why he was there.

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Only a few dozen of these tribespeople exist, experts estimate. Population surveys must be conducted from afar because contact with the tribe is illegal. The Sentinelese are completely isolated from civilization, making the hunter-gatherers extremely vulnerable to disease. Chau’s visit, in fact, could mean they’ve “just been infected by deadly pathogens to which they have no immunity, with the potential to wipe out the entire tribe,” says Survival International’s Stephen Corry.

Chau’s death was a tragedy that “should never have been allowed to happen,” Corry adds. The tribe has “shown again and again that they want to be left alone, and their wishes should be respected.” Most of the tribespeople died after Britain’s colonial occupation, he says, “so the Sentinelese fear of outsiders is very understandable.” In 2006, tribe members killed two Indian fishermen whose boat drifted onto their shore.

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Indian law protects the Sentinelese, making it illegal to interact with them, trespass on the islands, or even take photos or videos of them....
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