Mom reveals missionary’s latest creepy diary entry before Sentinel tribe kills him – world news
An American missionary who was killed by members of one of the world’s most isolated tribes wrote a chilling entry in his diary shortly before his death.
John Allen Chau, 26, had traveled to North Sentinel Island in the hope of contacting and converting the indigenous Sentinel tribe.
But he was apparently hit by arrows after setting foot on the isolated island in the Indian Ocean and buried on the beach.
Mr. Chau was fully aware of the risks – islanders armed with bows, arrows and spears attempt to kill anyone who approaches them – and, in his dying hours, he acknowledged that he might not be able to not leave the island alive.
Before leaving for the fateful meeting, Mr. Chau wrote “God, I don’t want to die” in his diary, according to his mother, who refused to believe the reports of his violent death.
Lynda Adams-Chau told Washington Post: “I believe he’s still alive.”
When asked why, she replied, âMy prayers. “
Fishermen had transported Mr. Chau, an adventurer from Vancouver, Washington, to the island – which belongs to India – on a small boat even though it is illegal to travel within three miles of it.
Foreigners have long been warned not to put food on the island – home to what is considered the last pre-Neolithic tribe in the world – as it means almost certain death.
Very little is known about the small group or their manners, as few who met them lived to tell the story.
Mr. Chau arrived around midnight on November 14 and attempted to approach the mysterious hunter-gatherer tribe on November 15, but was forced to retreat after being attacked.
An arrow narrowly missed him and hit his tight Bible.
In his diary, which he left with the fishermen, he wrote that the isolated tribe members, standing around 5ft 5in with yellow paste on their faces, reacted angrily as he attempted to speak to them. tongue and sing “worship songs” to them.
He added: “I shouted: ‘My name is John, I love you and Jesus loves you.”
One of the miners shot him with an arrow, which pierced his waterproof Bible, wrote Mr. Chau, who went to bring gifts including a soccer ball, scissors and fish.
His kayak was damaged in the attack and he was forced to swim to the nearby fishing boat.
In a final note to his family on November 16, shortly before trying to meet members of the Small Tribe, he wrote: âYou might think I’m crazy in all of this, but I think it’s worth it. sorrow to declare Jesus to these people.
“My God, I don’t want to die.”
Despite the previous attack, Mr. Chau again attempted to preach to the Sentinels, who have killed a number of intruders over the years and want nothing to do with the outside world.
Living in complete isolation, the tribe shoots a flurry of arrows at anyone approaching by boat and even attempts to attack low-flying planes or helicopters on reconnaissance missions.
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Their island in the Bay of Bengal is part of the Andaman Archipelago and has been populated for 60,000 years.
During his last attempt to make contact, Mr. Chau made it ashore by taking a kayak from the fishing boat.
It was the last time the fishermen saw him alive.
Fishermen saw the tribe hanging out and burying their bodies on the beach the next morning, Nov. 17, a fellow missionary told Mr. Chau’s mother, the Post reported.
Mr Chau had paid a group of fishermen Â£ 250 to take him to North Sentinel Island after arriving in Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, in mid-October on a tourist visa.
This was his fifth visit to the island chain since 2015.
Hours before his death he wrote of the islands: âWhy must this beautiful place have so many dead here?
“I hope this is not one of my last notes, but if it is ‘Glory be to God’.”
A source told Reuters that Mr. Chau brought scissors, safety pins and a soccer ball as gifts to the tribe.
In his notes, the source said, the American wrote that some members of the tribe were good to him while others were very aggressive.
âI have been so nice to them. Why are they so angry and so aggressive? the source quoted him as saying.
The source, who asked not to be named, said Chau wrote that he “was doing this to establish the kingdom of Jesus on the island … Don’t blame the natives if I am killed.”
Indian authorities arrested the fishermen who took Mr Chau to the island and a friend to Port Blair who helped organize the trip.
Deepak Yadav, a senior Port Blair police official, told the Post: âThey were very aware of the situation, but they still organized a boat and everything.
He described the movement as “pushing (Chau) into the mouth of death”.
A helicopter was dispatched to the area for reconnaissance on Tuesday. An Indian Coast Guard boat with police and tribal experts was traveling to the area to formulate a plan to retrieve Mr. Chau’s body.
It was not clear whether authorities would attempt to contact the tribe once they arrived on the island.
In a previous Instagram post, Mr. Chau’s heartbroken family paid tribute to the adventurer and said they forgive his killers.
The message read, âHe was a beloved son, brother, uncle and our best friend.
âTo others, he was a Christian missionary, a wilderness EMT, an international football coach and a mountaineer.
“He loved God, life, helping those in need, and he had nothing but love for the Sentinel people.”
Indian authorities have registered a murder case. Mr. Chau’s family demanded that local contacts not be continued.
The Sentinels have rejected modern civilization and have no contact with the outside world, despite multiple attempts by Indian authorities, adventurers, fishermen and filmmakers.
Few photographs or videos exist, and we don’t even know what they are called.
The size of North Sentinel Island’s population remains a mystery.
They have killed a number of foreigners who have strayed on or too close to the island, which belongs to India and is roughly the size of Manhattan, over the years.
In 2006, two fishermen who got lost too close to the island were killed and their bodies were never found.
The men had moored their boat near the island to sleep, but were killed when the boat broke off and drifted to shore.
A member of the tribe was once pictured firing an arrow at an Indian Coast Guard helicopter.
To protect the tribe, India passed a law prohibiting attempting to contact them or travel within three miles of North Sentinel Island.