He Yelled: 'Jesus Loves You.' The Remote Tribe Killed Him - Page 2

More on US missionary John Allen Chau, killed by hostile Sentinelese tribe
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2018 7:00 AM CST

  • Still, Chau didn't seem to have a death wish. "God, I don't want to die," he wrote in a journal that his mother has since shared with the Washington Post. In his notes, he said the tribe members didn't seem very receptive to his arrival, especially when he tried to speak in their language and grace them with "worship songs." "I hollered, 'My name is John, I love you and Jesus loves you,'" he wrote, noting that following those words, a young tribe member shot his waterproof Bible. CNN's report indicates he visited the island Nov. 15 and 16 and is believed to have been killed on the 17th.
  • While everyone is now remembering Chau, not everyone is lionizing him. Some say he should've known better, both for his sake and for the Sentinelese. "This hagiographic description of a man who put people in mortal danger solely for his own ego is unconscionable," Glitch CEO Anil Dash tweeted. "This tribe wants no contact, and has *repeatedly* suffered deaths by exposure to outside diseases from arrogant colonizers like this one."
  • The Post notes Chau started leading missionary trips for his alma mater, Oklahoma's Oral Roberts University, and that his travels led him to some of the world's most far-flung locales, which he documented on his Instagram. There, he described himself as a "wilderness EMT," "open water diver," "Outbound Collective explorer," "Perky Jerky ambassador," and "snakebite survivor."
  • The challenge now: getting Chau's body off the island. "It's a difficult proposition," a police supervisor in the Andaman and Nicobar islands tells the AP, with police, fire officials, and the Coast Guard surveying the island from the sea and air to figure out how to get his body off the beach it's reportedly buried on. Both legal concerns and worries about the tribe members—who can easily fall ill from outside diseases—are in play.
(Read more on Chau's background here.)

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