Missionary gets killed by tribe after trying to speak in Xhosa

Missionary gets killed by tribe after trying to speak in Xhosa

- John Allen Chau was a missionary on a mission to spread the word of God

- Unfortunately, he tragically lost his life in the process while at a remote island

- He tried conversing with the tribesmen in Xhosa before his demise

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The 27-year-old American travelled to North Sentinel off the coast of India to meet with an isolated tribe in the hope of introducing them to Christianity.

The tribe’s customs and beliefs are still a mystery to the outside world and any potential visitors have been met with hostility.

Local fisherman assisted Chau by taking him to the remote island and subsequently saw his body being buried by the tribe on November 17th.

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The New York Times reported that Indian police officials found Chau’s journals and letters addressed to his parents.

Based on the journal notes and reports from the fishermen, Chau made numerous attempts to befriend the tribe but was always driven back by them.

His attempts at winning them over with gifts were in vain and he then allegedly tried responding to one of the tribesmen in Xhosa.

Chau felt an African dialect might have greater appeal but to no avail.

The missionary previously coached soccer in South Africa and had a basic understanding of the language.

Briefly.co.za gathered that authorities haven’t been able to recover Chau’s body as yet.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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