John Allen Chau Killed In India, North Sentinel Island. Read His Letter

Nov 22, 2018

John Allen Chau on a boat to the Island

An American missionary who was shot dead with arrows by a tribe he wanted to convert on a remote Indian island wrote a letter to his parents asking them not to be 'mad at them or at God' if he was killed.


John Allen Chau, 26, was shot dead with arrows by tribesman when he arrived at North Sentinel Island one of the world's most isolated regions in India's Andaman islands that is off-limits to visitors.

He had paid local fishermen to take him there before venturing alone in a kayak to the shore on November 15.

Chau was shot by the Sentinelese tribe after arriving on the island, according to a fisherman who helped him get there.

Chau was able to safely return to the boat but made his way back to the island the following day, which is when the fishermen said they later saw the tribe dragging his body away.

He went ashore in his kayak on November 15 and sent the boat with the fishermen out to sea to avoid detection.

Chau interacted with some of the tribespeople, offering gifts such as a football and fish but they became angry and shot an arrow at him, hitting a book he was carrying.

After his kayak was damaged, Chau swam back to the fishermen's boat, which was waiting at a prearranged location.

He spent the night writing about his experiences on journal pages that he then gave the fishermen.

He set out again to meet the tribespeople on November 16 and never returned.

Pathak said the following day the fishermen watched from a distance as the tribesmen dragged Chau's body away.

Chau's journal entries dated between November 14 to 16 have shed some light on what occurred when he first arrived at the island, including how he initially panicked when he saw the tribe's bows.

He detailed how he tried to offer fish to the tribesmen before 'two armed Sentinelese came rushing out yelling'.

He said he came face to face with the islanders and at one point was 'just inches' away.

Chau took a boat ride with the fishermen before venturing alone in a canoe to North Sentinel Island.

The Sentinelese tribe are an indigenous tribe who live on North Sentinal Island, lies around 450 miles from the coast of Thailand and more than 745 miles from mainland India.

The Sentinelese tribe has attacked almost everyone who has entered their territory.

Because of their rejection of the outside world, little is known about them including what they call themselves.

What is known has been gleaned from viewing them from boats moored far enough away from the tribesmen, who carry spears, bows and arrows, or from the few times the tribe allowed authorities to come close enough to hand over coconuts.

The Sentinelese attracted international attention in the wake of the 2004 Asian tsunami, when a member of the tribe was photographed on a beach, firing arrows at a helicopter that was checking on their welfare.

Today, the island is out of bounds even to the Indian navy in a bid to protect its reclusive inhabitants who number only about 150.

The Sentinelese tribe


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