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US Missionary Killed By Isolated Tribes

An American missionary John Allen Chau, trying to make contact, and convert the world’s most isolated tribes is dead.

Many foreign media, and journals reported that John first tried to offer them fish and gifts, but in return arrows were sprayed at him.

This unusual death-story has broken the internet.




The 27-year-old US man gave ₹25,000 to six fishermen to ferry him to the Sentinel island, Andaman and Nicobar, India. They left for the island on the evening of 14th Nov, the fishermen anchored their boat 500 meters from the beach. John brought with him a canoe (lightweight watercraft propelled by a paddler) and a bible.

The fisherman did not leave the site, they waited, and watched everything. They said that John was killed during daylight as he approached the Sentinel island shore. The next morning the fishermen saw the tribe burying John.

Later the fisherman reached the capital Port Blair, made a call to John’s family informing them about the tragic events. The family contacted the US consulate in India. Naval officers rushed, and after interrogating the fishermen confirmed John’s death.



Since John was buried in unchartered territories of Sentinel island its impossible for the Indian authorities to hand over the remains.

The 6 fishermen were arrested and charged for culpable homicide, and for collaborating with John to visit the Sentinelese tribesmen.

John during happier times

~ The Pigeon Express Views

John’s mission was clear, to spread Christianity. It is quite shocking, instead of appreciating the tribes ways, humans see them as numbers for religion.

John’s actions are his own free will and only he is responsible for his death. John would have researched extensively on how hostile these people are to the outside world. Even the Indian government gave up after multiple attempts to connect with the tribe.

Of Course there is a serious lapse from the Indian security agencies. Even with an existing law, how could such acts repeat year after year. The Indian agencies need to intensify patrolling on such waters and keep strict vigil on fishermen.

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