Jarawa Tribe In India Kill Poacher
Members of the remote Jarawa tribe attacked a group of poachers on their reserve, killing one and wounding three others.
During an investigation by independent observer Sophie Grig concerning the effects of poaching on Jarawa lands, Grig met with the Jarawa
People to hear their complaints as they came out of their forest to talk with local government officials about the problems of poaching on their
The 320 people of the Jarawa tribe granted an interview to Sophie Grig, to tell her of the problems with poachers, stealing their turtles, wild
boar and other essential food. The poaching is widespread and done with impunity. The Jarawa People, living in India's Andaman Islands,
have no immunity to any diseases the poachers may bring in. The poachers have raped Jarawa women, and have introduced tobacco and
alcohol to the reserve. The Jarawa are resisting becoming dependent on the two substances, who wish to remain completely independent
and self-sufficient. The Jarawa People have only had contact with the outside world since 1998.
The poachers, Burmese and Indians, are rapidly destroying the animals and plants the Jarawa People are totally dependent on.
The Jarawa People have complained to the local government authorities about the poaching problem, but apparently their pleas fell on deaf ears.
Frustrated with the increasing number of poachers on their reserve, a Jarawa hunting party captured two groups of poachers in September,
tying them to trees, and then informed the authorities.
The Jarawa People have lived on their lands for over 60,000 years as hunters and gatherers, and now face starvation and possible
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