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The people of the isolated North Sentinel island are called the Sentinelese, who are part of the Andamanese tribes (a group of tribes living on the remote Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal). They are not too fond of visitors. Many times people have tried to contact these islanders, but most of the time it does not end well. These people have no contact with the outside world and they would like to keep it that way. There have been stories where helicopters try to fly over the island and these people would throw their spears so that the helicopter and whoever is inside would be intimidated.

John Allen Chau, an American missionary, went on a mission to the North Sentinel Island and was killed by these islanders. He believed that he needed to go and change these people. John wrote in his thoughts in his journal and Insider.com says, “Lord, is this island Satan’s last stronghold where none have heard or even had the chance to hear your name?” (Insider.com). He wanted to spread the Christian gospel to the Sentinelese people.  Insider.com also declares, “They have a long history of occasional contact with outsiders. Since the 1800s, there have been a number of recorded contacts with the tribe, and anthropologists have made regular visits since the 1960s. Not all of them have been friendly. In 1880, a British colonizer kidnapped six of the Sentinelese, and in 2006, the tribes people killed two fishermen harvesting crabs off the island’s coast” (Insider.com).

John Chau’s mother and close missionary friend, John Middleton Ramsey, believes that Chau could very well still be alive. News.com explains, “But fellow missionary John Middleton Ramsey says he and Mr Chau’s mother believe there’s a chance he survived the attack, citing a lack of credible witnesses to his death and the failure of authorities to produce a body” (News.com.AU). Also this missionary was boated to the island by some fishermen. News.com also says, “Fishermen who illegally ferried Mr Chau to the island say they saw tribesmen drag his body along the beach and bury him in the sand on the morning of November 17 as they watched from a vessel moored several hundred meters from shore” (News.com).

The island  said to supposedly have a five mile exclusion zone. It becomes illegal to go within five miles of the island because the Sentinelese have no immunity to diseases and the Indian police do not want them catching any sickness.

 

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Hi I am Garrison Meeks and I am a senior here at Benjamin Franklin. I enjoy playing the game of basketball. Thanks for reading.

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