'God sheltered me' American wrote before isolated tribe killed him

John Allen Chau
American on deadly trip to Indian island ‘God sheltered me’ The Associated Press23 Nov 2018
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23 November, 2018

"The authorities lifted one of the restrictions that had been protecting the Sentinelese tribe's island from foreign tourists, which sent exactly the wrong message, and may have contributed to this bad event", the group said in a statement.

According to reports, 27-year-old Chau in his second last visit in the tribal area had spent nearly 48 hours on the island was almost struck by an arrow in his chest but was saved by a bible which he held close to his chest.

In August, 29 islands were excluded from the restricted area permit (RAP) notified under the Foreigners (Restricted Areas) Order, 1963, till December 31, 2022, subject to conditions.

He left the 13 pages, written in pen and pencil, with the fishermen who had transported him to the island.

"God sheltered me and camouflaged me against the coast guard and the navy", John Allen Chau wrote before he was killed last week on North Sentinel Island.

This is not a pointless thing-The eternal lives of this [Sentinelese] tribe is at hand and I can't wait to see them around the throne of God worshipping in their own language as Revelation 7:9-10 states.

"Why did a little kid have to shoot me today?" he wrote in his notes, which he left with the fishermen before swimming back the next morning. The Sentinelese are known to violently resist any contact with outsiders, and even fire arrows at aircrafts flying at lower altitude. His notes, which were reported Thursday in Indian newspapers and confirmed by police, make clear he knew he might be killed. "God, I don't want to die". "Would it be wiser to leave and let someone else to continue".

Indian authorities are struggling to figure out how to recover the body of an American who was killed after wading ashore on an island cut off from the modern world.

Chau is not the first person to fall victim to the Sentinelese after intruding on their island, which it is illegal for outsiders to land on. The only contacts, occasional "gift-giving" visits in which bananas and coconuts were passed by small teams of officials and scholars who remained in the surf, were years ago.

Dependra Pathak, director general of police of the Andaman and Nicobar islands, told CNN that Chau had made several trips to the island, returning to the fishing boat at least twice.

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"He loved Jesus more than life".

"The tribe's language has a lot of high pitched sounds like ba, pa la and as", he wrote. The fishermen then returned to Port Blair, the capital of the islands, and reported what happened.

"The boat stopped 500-700 meters (1,640 - 2,300 feet) away from the island and (Chau) used a canoe to reach the shore of the island".

Seven people have been arrested for helping Chau, including five fishermen, a friend of Chau's and a local tourist guide, police say.

In an Instagram post, his family said it was mourning him as a "beloved son, brother, uncle and best friend to us".

The family of an American killed by isolated Indian tribesmen says it is forgiving those who did it.

The victim visited Andaman and Nicobar Islands a few times earlier.

Indian police said a murder case had been registered against "unknown" tribespeople and that the fishermen who allegedly helped Chau get to the island were arrested.

Chau maintained a lively Instagram feed of his travels in Africa and other remote locales - including photos of leech and snake bites - and led missionary trips for youth from Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma, his alma mater, and others.


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