American tourist gets killed trying to visit a remote island


Maddux Hagy

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An American tourist tried to visit a remote island in India and was killed by a tribe that is completely cut off from the outside world.

Indian officials have identified the victim as John Allen Chau, 27. He was illegally ferried to North Sentinel Island last week. Chau went ashore on November 15 and sent the boat with the fisherman out to sea to avoid detection. He prepared gifts for the tribespeople such as a football, but they became angry and started shooting arrows at him.

Visitation to the island is heavily restricted by the Indian government, and contact with the Sentinelese tribe who lives there is illegal in order to protect their way of life and prevent the spread of diseases. The International Christian Concern, a U.S.-based nonprofit that aims to fight persecution against Christians, called the death concerning.“We here at International Christian Concern are extremely concerned by the reports of an American missionary being murdered in India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands.” Its regional manager, William Stark, said in a statement, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to both John’s family and friends.”

Survival International, an organization that works for the rights of tribal people, said the most recent killing should prompt Indian authorities to continue to protect the lands of the Sentinelese and other Andaman tribes.

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