WHO ARE THE JARAWAS?
The Jarawa are the last descendants of the early humans. They left Africa to explore the world 70,000 years ago. There are one of the last African-Asian peoples of the Andaman Islands in India and there are no more than 480 left of them. They lead a hunter–gatherer lifestyle, and have lived in complete isolation for tens of thousands of years. Their hostility to the outside world has preserved them, but today they are in great danger.
Time is running out! The Jarawas are victims of a human zoo, a photo safari organized by the Indian army on the Andaman Islands. Imagine if you and your children had to stand for hours on the side of a road for tourists to throw bananas at you and take pictures of your family. That's what the Jarawas are going through. Twice a day, under threat of armed guards, they are treated like animals in a zoo! Because they are African-Asians. Because they belong to an ethnic minority. Worse, since last year, the Indian police have been forcing their children to go to "special schools", re-education centres whose sole purpose is to destroy their culture. We have launched this petition to end this abomination. We have gathered 275 000 signature so far.
Many of you have asked us how we can go further to help the Jarawas. We created the JARAWAS Foundation to take it to the next level. While the situation has worsened for the Jarawas, it is more urgent than ever to show the Indian government that it can no longer destroy their way of life and accelerate their disappearance with impunity. The Foundation is a much stronger voice to file a complaint on behalf of the Jarawas with the UN, the European Court of Human Rights and the International Criminal Court.
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Why the Jarawa people are always happy and not us ?
The Jarawas live in an egalitarian world, with no relationship of domination between men and women. Among the Jarawas, individuals thrive fully within the group and each develops his or her own abilities. Collective action is essential. There is no action more important than others. Each one listens to the...