“Two fisherman who washed up on shore in 2006 were quickly attacked and
murdered by the tribe. When helicopters from the Indian Coast Guard fly
overhead — whether on reconnaissance missions or dropping off parcels of
food for the people — they are met with arrows and stones.”
Photo, The Pigeon Express.
North Sentinel Island is one of the Andaman Islands, and is home to an indigenous group of
people known as the Sentinelese, that is in voluntary isolation and have defended, often by force, their protected isolation from the outside world. The North Sentinel
island of India is a no go zone!
The Sentinelese attack anybody who attempts to visit. The island has been named both
the hardest to visit and the most dangerous on the planet. The area is patrolled by the Indian Navy and travel to the island remains strictly prohibited. In fact, any approach closer than five nautical miles (9.26 km), is restricted in order to prevent the tribal community from
getting foreign diseases to which they have no acquired immunity.
Indian authorities recognize the islanders; desire to be left alone and restrict their role to remote monitoring; they do not even prosecute them for killing people! The Sentinelese people are known for their violence and unwillingness to communicate with any outsiders.
They usually get violent and start attacking those who try to visit the island. Little
is known about the square island where they live, largely because it is
covered in forest.
According to anthropologists, nobody is quite sure how many Sentinelese people live on the island — it is however estimated to be anywhere between 50 and 100 people, and that
"Andaman Islands were decimated by disease when the British colonized the islands in the 1800s", Survival International director, Stephen Corry, said in a statement. "The only way the
Andamanese authorities can prevent the annihilation of another tribe is to
ensure North Sentinel Island is protected from outsiders", he added.
North Sentinel Island and its inhabitants remain an interesting tourist attraction.
Just who will visit them?