A newspaper belonging to American missionary killed by members of an isolated and isolated tribe last week reveals he feared for his life in the days leading up to his death.
John Allen Chau, 27, was reportedly killed by a bow and arrows after attempting to serve the tribe on Sentinel of the North Isle, who reject contact with the outside world and are known to act aggressively towards visitors.
The Washington Post obtained the diary he kept before his death, revealing that he had attempted to speak to the Sentinel people days before fishermen saw tribal members bury his body on the beach.
“I cried: ‘My name is John, I love you and Jesus loves you'” Chau wrote from the fishing boat he used to access the island, adding that he had attempted to sing “songs of worship” to them on November 14.
He said the young tribesmen responded by shooting arrows at him, and one of the projectiles hit his Bible. He then returned to the boat.
Two days later, he acknowledged that some people might view his quest as misguided, writing “You might think I’m crazy about all of this, but I think it’s worth telling these people about Jesus.”
In his final note before returning to the island, Chau wrote “God, I don’t want to die.
Indian authorities are struggling to devise a plan to recover his body on the island. Although the Andaman Island channel is under Indian jurisdiction, there are laws preventing foreigners from interfering with the tribe.
Source: The Washington Post