North Sentinel Island

It’s Sunday afternoon, and pretty much as usual, I’m surfing youtube for all sorts of interesting documentaries and films, and come across one documentary about North Sentinel Island. This island was way more fascinating than I could ever imagine… in my naive little world, I thought the world was pretty much well explored with the exception of some remote places in Brazil, but here is one small isolated island with no contact with the rest of the world whatsoever!†

From wikipedia on this fascinating land:

North Sentinel Island is one of the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal. It lies to the west of the southern part of South Andaman Island.†Most of the island is forested.†It is small, located away from the main settlements on Great Andaman, surrounded by coral reefs, and lacks natural harbours.

A group of indigenous people, the Sentinelese, live on North Sentinel Island. Their population is estimated to range from 50 to 400 individuals.†The Sentinelese reject any contact with other people, and are among the last people to remain virtually untouched by modern civilization.†The population faces the potential threats of infectious diseases to which they have no immunity, as well as violence from intruders. The Indian government has thus declared the entire island, which is approximately the size of Manhattan, and its surrounding waters extending 3†mi (4.8†km) from the island, to be an exclusion zone.

The coolest thing about this island is that even though it “belongs” to India, they do not want to persue any contact with the inhabitants at all. From what I can gather around the Internet, the inhabitants of this island is not the firendliest kind of people, they are actually bordering hostile. How fascinating! †

Google Earth shows not much activity on this densly forested island.†

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