A Forbidden Island- Death of John Allen Chau (27)

The North Sentinel Island came into limelight after the recent killing of Mr. John Allen Chau, a 27-year-old from Alabama. It is a forbidden island where Mr. Chau tried to enter illegally, to preach Christianity.  The possibility of getting Mr. Chau’s body is very remote.

John Allen Chau A US Citizen killed in a tribal attack

The endangered Andaman tribes, known as Sentinelese,  living in isolation for more than 30,000 years from the world are very dangerous. North Sentinel Island is home to a pre-Neolithic tribe that is as vulnerable as they are mysterious.

North Sentinel Island is one of the islands grouped under Andaman Nicobar is a part of the territory of India. It is a forbidden, mysterious and dangerous place.

Contact with the endangered Andaman tribes living in isolation from the world is illegal because of the risks to them from outside disease. Estimates say the Sentinelese, who are totally cut off from civilization, numbers only between 50 and 150 now. They don’t even understand the use of the money. Their main defensive system is the use of  Bow and Arrow and Spears.

A tribe that has not yet discovered Fire

In 2017, the Indian government also said taking photographs or making videos of the neolithic tribe of Andaman tribes would be punishable with imprisonment of up to three years. (If they are lucky enough to return live). The Sentinelese are belligerent to outsiders and their policy is to kill anybody who approaches them with bow and arrow or spear. They are completely naked and ribbons or belts made out of plants wrap around their waste, possibly as an ornament.

Since they lack genetic immunity, and for the protection of both the tribes and outsiders, traveling within 3 Kilometers of the island is prohibited by law.

North Sentinel Island is about 20 sq miles and the Sentinelese are thought to have had no contact with surrounding communities since 1991. In 1960 a group of anthropologists with the help of armed guards made an effort to do field visits by giving Coconuts ( Though they love it; no coconut is grown in that island.) as gifts. But eventually, they had to abandon their venture. In 2006 two Indian fishermen who slept in their fishing boat carried away by waves to the shore, were killed. A rescue team to retrieve the bodies were sent by helicopter but had to return. The tribe fired hundreds and thousands of arrows at the helicopter. The tribe fired hundreds and thousands of arrows at the helicopter.

India Government recognized the North Sentinel Island as unofficially ‘ sovereign’, a left alone- non-interfering policy.

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