Brazilian authorities are investigating a missionary from America who could face genocide charges for stepping foot in protected lands inhabited by an uncontacted tribe.
The remote tribe killed an American missionary named John Allen Chau last year as he unknowingly came in contact with it.
The incident highlighted that people of this isolated group are earnest about their privacy and do not treat trespassers with kindness.
A year after this incident happened, the Brazilian Government arrested Steve Campbell, a missionary belonging to Maine’s Green Baptist church, and bought him in for questioning.
Some experts following this case claim that officials could try Steve for genocide.
Why Did The Brazilian Government Arrest Steve?
After people noticed Steve’s disappearance, they were wondering where he went.
A couple of days later, however, news broke out that Brazilian authorities prevented from leaving the country as they suspected him of being responsible for committing mass genocide.
They did not have any tangible evidence to prove whether or not Steve was accountable.
Still, some witnesses came forward and claimed that the missionary attempted to enter the area inhabited by the uncontacted Hi-Merica tribe.
While there are tons of other secluded ethnic groups in the world, what makes this one unique is that it hasn’t had any contact with people from the outside world.
Whenever the group senses people coming close to their area, they scare them off using various intimidation tactics.
People who have seen these attacks claim that the Himarima people are very secretive and could resort to violence if people do not respect their boundaries.
Steve Campbell was a high-ranking member from the Baptist Bible Fellowship International.
He was a second-generation missionary accused of going outside the territory and venturing into someone else’s.
Unfortunately for him, the area he entered belonged to Himarima, a tribe famous for its hostility towards anyone from the outside world, including other isolated tribes.