Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Island Paradise Nobody Wants; in the Latest in His Series on Striking Images, Our Columnist Explores Some of the World's Weirdest Enclave's

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Island Paradise Nobody Wants; in the Latest in His Series on Striking Images, Our Columnist Explores Some of the World's Weirdest Enclave's

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Byline: Charles Saatchi the naked eye

NORTH Sentinel Island lies in the Bay of Bengal, 28 square miles of lush forest and perfect beaches. It is populated by one of the few remaining "uncontacted peoples" in the world. The Sentinelese are a mystery; nobody knows their language, their culture, or even how many of them there are. They resist all visitors, instantly firing a flurry of arrows at boats that approach too close.

Surrounded by spectacular clear sapphire water and powdery white sand, this paradise made news in 2006 when the inhabitants murdered two fishermen who attempted to get too close to the island. Their drifting boat was located by another fishing crew, who found their dead fellow seamen on board riddled with spears.

After this incident a three-mile exclusion zone was imposed around the island, and no news has emerged of any other unfortunate sailors. Furthermore, the mangrove jungle and forests on the island are so dense that it has proved impossible for helicopters to see much of the interior.

The mystery remains as to what actually exists there other than that it contains all the elements needed for a thriller or science fiction movie.

If you are intrigued enough, you may find you are able to become the legal owner of North Sentinel Island.

Technically it is part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Union Territory, but the government there has stated that it intends for the island to be autonomous, and certainly any reasonable offer to take legal control would be entertained.

But if you are interested in creepy islands, there is always La Isla de Las Munecas the Island of the Dolls among the canals of Xochimico, not too far away from Mexico City.

Largely abandoned except for a few locals and the occasional curious visitor, the island is overflowing with dolls hanging from trees. …

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