Where are tribe that killed missionary

John Allen Chau

"I'm scared", Chau wrote. One of the juveniles shot at him with an arrow, which pierced his waterproof Bible, he wrote.

"You guys might think I'm insane in all this but I think it's worthwhile to declare Jesus to these people", he said in a letter to his parents quoted by various media.

"I understand the emotional concern of the family", he said.

"Just for our curiosity, why should we disturb a tribe that has sustained itself for tens of thousands of years?" she asked. In the post, the family remembered Chau as a "beloved son, brother, uncle, and best friend to us". Meanwhile, he was a Christian missionary, a wilderness EMT, an global soccer coach and a mountaineer for others.

"He loved God, life, helping those in need, and had nothing but love for the Sentinelese people", the family wrote.

Before attending Oral Roberts University, Chau had lived in southwestern Washington state and went to Vancouver Christian High School.

Survival International, an organization that works for the rights of tribal people, said Chau may have been encouraged by recent changes to Indian rules about visiting isolated islands in the Andamans. In his bio, he said he was a follower of the Christian group "the Way", as well as a wilderness emergency medical technician and explorer.

In the diary, reportedly written hours before his death, Chau depicted his boat trip to North Sentinel Island as a night scene of bioluminescent plankton under a canopy of stars, with fish jumping in and out of the water like "darting mermaids".

It also shows that Chau knew his mission was illegal. "Upon observing the physical features from the available photographs, we could find that the Sentinelese were slightly taller and possessed a straight posture than the other three tribes - the Jarawa, the Onge and the Great Andamanese, all of whom live on the Andaman group of islands". The fisherman later saw members of the tribe dragging his body around, authorities said. According to its director Stephen Corry, "the Indian authorities should have been enforcing the protection of the Sentinelese and their island for the safety of both the tribe and outsiders".

Chau reached Andaman and Nicobar Islands on October 16 and later expressed his desire to preach Christianity to the 60,000-year-old tribe.

Police are using experts, including Indian anthropologists and tribal welfare and forest officers, to help them tackle the situation.

Authorities arrested seven fishermen who allegedly smuggled Chau into the island because of the government's strict rules, but Chau's family urged police to release the fishermen because they say their son chose to go to the island "on his own free will".

North Sentinel, 50 km (31 miles) west of Port Blair - the capital of the island cluster - is protected by laws which bar even fishing within a 5-nautical mile radius of the island. Attempts by Indian census officials to count them from a distance have put their number at fewer than 100.

Chau, in Instagram posts and in journals, had found its remote beaches both inspiring but frightening, he wrote in his journal.

"I remember thinking about how strong the contrast was between the vibrant beauty and life seen in this picture and the stark potentiality of death lingering at every misstep, and how fragile life is, and how the pictures I was taking could have been the last I ever took", he said. "I hope this isn't one of my last notes but if it is 'to God be the Glory'".

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