The 27 year old adventure seeker-cum-missionary who was recently killed by the last remaining isolated Sentineleses Tribe has once again, brought the world to its attention.
The incident follows suit to the authorities lifting one of the restrictions that had been protecting the Sentineleses tribe’s island from foreign tourists. Driven by the greed of attracting tourists, the restrictions were lifted a few months ago despite the fact that entering the North Sentinel Island is illegal.
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The remote North Sentinel Island is protected by a five nautical mile exclusion zone. The Sentineleses tribe has consistently and aggressively resisted contact with the outside world. Those who have tried to ‘meet and greet’ with them have met the same fate with an exception of a few who managed to somehow escape.
Experts have expressed concerns about outsiders trying to establish contact with this isolated tribe. The community of between 60 and 100 men, women and children have no immunity to disease and exposure to a relatively minor virus such as the common cold could wipe out the entire tribe.
Speaking to BBC, anthropologist T N Pandit said “Sentinelese are a peace-loving people. They don’t seek to attack people. They don’t visit nearby areas and cause trouble. This is a rare incident.”
According to sources, the recent tragedy could have been avoided if the Indian authorities had been more vigilant. The Indian authorities should have been enforcing the protection of the Sentinelese and their island for the safety of both the tribe and the outsiders. It is known that the Indian government had previously tried to establish a relationship with the tribe but all in futile.
The Sentinelese, the most dangerous tribe in the world is believed to be direct descendants of the earliest human who came from Africa. Their island – North Sentinel Island is one of the most isolated places on Earth. They are believed to have inhabitated the Island for almost 60,000 years.
Those who have attempted to contact them have been showered with spears and arrows.