American killed by tribe: India gives up investigating

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She gave up. Indian police will not investigate the North Sentinel Island, where an American was killed last week by the tribe that people the island, the Sentinels. The goal of this renunciation is to protect the indigenous tribe from the consequences of contact with the modern world. The Indian authorities limited themselves to strengthening their remote observation on Friday, sending a boat off the island for the second time.

"The necessary precautions have been taken to ensure that this particularly vulnerable tribal group is not upset or disturbed during the maneuver," the police said in a statement.

Fear of diseases

The body of 27-year-old John Chau may never be recovered, with tribal rights experts saying that no charges can be brought against the tribe's members, which is probably the last from pre-Neolithic times.

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The fear that diseases as mild as a cold can decimate the tribe of hunter-gatherers, or that the discovery of modernity that destroys its way of life, have kept it in a bubble so far.

Illegal intrusion

It is forbidden to approach within 5 kilometers of the island, and John Chau had been informed by the authorities that any intrusion was illegal. But the young man saw himself as a missionary and wanted to break the isolation of the tribe by bringing a message of evangelization. He was "greeted" by the arrows of the Sentinels, who killed him when he wanted to disembark to convert them to Christianity.

In recent decades, all attempts at contact with the outside world have met with hostility and violent rejection from this community of 150 souls.

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