Who are the Sentinelese? – BBC News

American John Allen Chau was killed by an endangered tribe in India’s Andaman and Nicobar islands.

But what do we know about the reclusive tribe?

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The family of a US man reportedly killed by arrows fired by members of an endangered tribe in India’s Andaman and Nicobar islands have said they forgive those who killed him.

In a statement, they said John Allen Chau “loved God, life, helping those in need, and had nothing but love for the Sentinelese people”.

Seven people who helped him reach North Sentinel island have been arrested.

The Indian authorities say it may take “some days” to recover Mr Chau’s body.

A missionary who was in contact with Mr Chau in the last days of his trip says his aim was to bring the gospel to the island’s tribesmen.

Outsiders are banned from even approaching the island to protect the people who live there, and their way of life.

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a chain of small islands hundreds of kilometres east of India in the Indian Ocean.

Contact with several tribes on the islands is illegal to protect their indigenous way of life.

In 2017, the Indian government also said taking photographs or making videos of the aboriginal Andaman tribes would be punishable with imprisonment of up to three years.

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