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Cut off from the world, India’s North Sentinal Island remains a mystery

Cut off from the world, India’s North Sentinal Island remains a mystery

"This is one of the most vulnerable tribes on the planet, he could be passing on diseases that would literally wipe them all out", explained Sophie Grig, a senior researcher with Survival worldwide.

John Chau wrote that he knew he might be killed by the tribe, which aggressively shuns the outside world and which is protected from incursion by Indian law.

Their numbers have declined in recent years, but accurate counts are hard to obtain because the Sentinelese can only be observed from a distance due to the dangers in approaching the tribe.

There are 572 islands in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands territory and only three dozen are inhabited. Two captured adults died of illness while the four children were returned - perhaps also infected with illnesses that the islanders' immune systems were unequipped to deal with.

They fiercely resisted contact with outsiders before opening up gradually in the 1970s.

But kayaking to a remote Indian island, home to a tribe known for firing arrows at outsiders, proved an adventure too far for the avid outdoorsman and Christian missionary. Chau, who kayaked to the remote island populated by a tribe known for shooting at outsiders with bows and arrows, has been killed, police said Wednesday, Nov. 21.

The nearby Jarawas were the earliest tribe in the Andamans to be contacted by the British.

"I believe he is still alive", she said in a short email to the Post.

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The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes had opposed the Centre's move in August to lift restrictions on tourists visiting isolated islands in the Andamans, saying it could lead to "unwanted situations", chairman NK Sai told ET on Thursday, adding that he had written to the ministry over a month ago, days after the ministry removed the Restricted Areas Permit at 29 inhabited islands in the Andaman and Nicobar chain, and threw open 11 inhabited islands to foreigners.

"The boat stopped 500-700 meters (1,640 - 2,300 feet) away from the island and (Chau) used a canoe to reach the shore of the island". He ignored warnings and was brought down by poisoned arrows before being tied up in twine and dragged around the island until he died, according to reports. The fisherman later saw members of the tribe dragging his body around, authorities said.

Dismissing reports that the victim, John Allen Chau, was involved in missionary works, the source said: "There was also no confirmation that the victim was involved in any evangelical activities".

North Sentinel, which is around the same size of Manhattan Island in NY, is home to the hunter-gatherer Sentinelese people, believed to number only around 150.

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The police have arrested seven people including Chau's local friend, Alexander, an electronics engineer and fishermen.

This isolation from the modern world makes them particularly vulnerable to epidemics, driving Indian authorities to observe them from afar in a government boat, as a way to make sure they remain healthy. But they thought it was important to open some channel of contact.

Elsewhere the rights group has documented isolated tribes in Africa, including Pygmy tribes in Central Africa, Bushmen in Botswana and tribes in the Congo Basin and Omo Valley in Ethiopia. At the convergence of the borders of Peru, Brazil and Bolivia lives the "highest concentration of uncontacted tribes on Earth", Survival International claims.


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