Wednesday, November 21, 2018

American Missionary Apparently Murdered by Hostile Tribe in India

Attempted to contact the North Sentinel Islanders, considered the world's most isolated tribe.

International Christian Concern (ICC) is reporting an American missionary named John Allen Chau, age 27, was reportedly killed by unidentified individuals from the Sentinelese community on North Sentinel Island, located in India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This murder comes at a time when Indian Christians report ever escalating levels of persecution across the country.

According to local sources, Chau had traveled to North Sentinel Island with the help of local fishermen in an attempt to interact with members of the Sentinelese tribe. Chau reportedly hired a fishing dinghy from the Chidiyatapu area and traveled to North Sentinel Island on November 16. Chau had reportedly visited the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on five previous occasions and had expressed a strong desire to meet with the Sentinelese tribes to preach Christianity.

The North Sentinel Islanders are considered the world's most isolated tribe and are known to be extremely hostile towards outsiders. There have only been a handful of contacts between the North Sentinelese and outsiders from the "civilized" world over the past century, most of which ended with the death of the outsiders. For this reason, the Indian government has long declared North Sentinel Island and its territorial waters as strictly off-limits and self-governing.  There is no official contact between the Indian government and the tribe, and the Indian government does not prosecute them for killing non-Sentinelese people

Sources claim that Chau was killed by hostile members of the Sentinelese tribe after arriving on North Sentinel Island. The Andaman Sheekha reported that his body was spotted by local fishermen.

Police officials have confirmed that a case of murder has been registered against unknown members of the Sentinelese tribe. “After getting relevant information a murder case has been registered,” a senior officer told Andaman Sheekha.


----- This article is from a press release by International Christian Concern (ICC) and other sources. You can visit the ICC website at   https://www.persecution.org/   

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