A few months ago, a crazy story made headlines around the globe after an American citizen was murdered. It happened on a remote island off the coast of India.
According to reports, John Allen Chau, 27, illegally entered the island after hiring fishermen to take him across the sea. It was his second attempt to make contact with the indigenous tribe that inhabits the island. He was reportedly going to try and preach to them and convert them to Christianity.
Chau was attacked by the tribe almost immediately once he got off the boat. He was killed and his body has not been recovered.
“He was attacked by arrows but he continued walking,” one source explained. “The fishermen saw the tribals [sic] tying a rope around his neck and dragging his body… They were scared and fled but returned the next morning to find his body on the seashore.”
The fishermen who took him to the island have been arrested for their role in aiding Chau. The island is off limits to visitors for precisely this reason.
"The Sentinelese people fiercely resist contact with outsiders. They prefer to live alone on the small forested landmass, which is part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands archipelago in the Indian Ocean, more than 600 miles from India," reported Newsweek.
Officials have advocated that the Indian government use this tragedy as a lesson. They want better protection for the island tribe so events like this don't happen again.
“Tribes like the Sentinelese face catastrophe unless their land is protected. I hope this tragedy acts as a wake-up call to the Indian authorities to avert another disaster and properly protect the lands of both the Sentinelese, and the other Andaman tribes, from further invaders," said Director Stephen Corry.
Now, reports are coming in from the State Department. According to officials, there are no plans to pursue any sort of punishment against the tribe for their role in the murder of the young missionary.
“The United States Government has not asked or pursued any sort of sanctions that the Indian Government would do against the tribal people in this case,” Brownback said when asked if the Sentinelese – who live completely cut off from the outside world and are known to attack outsiders – would face some kind of punishment.
“That’s not been something that we have requested or have put forward,” he added. “It’s a tragic situation and a tragic case of what’s happened, but that’s not something that’s been asked.”
Lots of people expressed their understanding of this ruling on social media. Many agreed with the outcome since the missionary was the one who sought out the tribe. His body has yet to be recovered from the island and there are no plans to try and go get it. Please join us in praying for his family.
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