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India’s Illegal ‘Human Safari Park’

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Andaman Islands. Photo: _e.t (CC)

Via Wanderlust:

The Andaman Trunk Road was ordered to be closed by India’s Supreme Court in 2002 but it still remains open and poses a high threat to the indigenous community who have a population of just 365.

‘Survival’, an organisation which campaigns for tribal people’s rights worldwide, has called for travellers to boycott the road which runs through the Andaman Islands, a destination growing in popularity among tourists.

Rules to protect the Jarawa reserve and its community are routinely broken and thousands of tourists — both Indian and international — travel along the road each month, making the reserve in effect, a human safari park.

The hunter-gatherer Jarawa, have only had friendly contact with outsiders since 1998 so there is a high risk of tourists passing on diseases to the community who have little immunity.

In 1999 and 2006, the Jarawa suffered an outbreak of measles, which historically has decimated many indigenous communities worldwide following outside contact.

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Last Member of the World’s Earliest Tribe Dies

Andaman Islands

Andaman Islands

From Article Safari:

Port Blair, Andaman Islands – Our earliest days remain, despite the best efforts of archaeologists, very much a mystery. It was in fact only in 2003 that scientists uncovered the remains of Homo Floresiensis, one of our most recent ancestors which likely went extinct only 13,000 years ago. Still, science is slowly developing a picture of humanity’s rise to dominance on this planet, a search that may ultimately lead us to understand why we are such a unique example on this incredibly diverse place we call Earth.

One living example of our ancient past were the Bo people who once inhabited the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal. The Bo were one of the great tribes of that region who migrated from Africa approximately 70,000 years ago and eventually inhabited the islands about 5000 years later while other tribes eventually populated Indonesia and Australia.

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