Write a letter for the Jarawa

1. Write your letter, then 2. Complete it and 3. Mail it

A Jarawa woman and boy by the side of the Andaman Trunk Road
A Jarawa woman and boy by the side of the Andaman Trunk Road
© Salomé

Although it is illegal for outsiders to enter the Jarawa reserve, poachers are camping for days at a time in the tribe’s forest, hunting the animals they depend on and bringing disease, violence and exploitation.

Adding to the tribe’s problems, the islands’ main highway (known as the Andaman Trunk Road) cuts through their forest, bringing poachers, settlers and tourists. In 2002, India’s supreme court ordered that the road should be closed, but the local authorities have refused to comply.

In 1999 and 2006, the Jarawa suffered outbreaks of measles – a disease that has wiped out many tribes worldwide following contact with outsiders.

The government’s ‘Jarawa Policy’ states that the tribe should have ‘maximum autonomy with minimum interference’ in their lives. Survival is urging the authorities to adhere to these principles.

How you can help

Please write to the Indian government using this text or your own words:

Shri Rajnath Singh
Minister of Home Affairs
North Block
Central Secretariat
New Delhi – 110001

October 06, 2015

Dear Shri Singh

Will my letter make a difference?
Yes. Time and again, letters from Survival supporters have called governments and organisations to account. Policies have changed and lives have been saved.

Should I post, fax or email?
The most powerful way is to print and post your letter. We will email you a ready-to-print PDF of your letter, together with postage information.

We sometimes also publish email addresses or fax numbers where there is a realistic chance of these being read. However, email addresses change and fax machines get unplugged. If you can, please post your letter.