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Published on Aug 17, 2007
July 2006 We journey deep into the heart of West Papua to track down perhaps the last remaining cannibals in the world. The Korowai have lived by the same customs for 10,000 years.
"It's normal. I don't feel sad or anything", states one tribesman, describing how he killed and ate his friend. The Korowai believe that deaths are caused by evil spirits. When a person dies, a frightening witch-hunt begins to find the person possessed and kill and eat him. Even children are vulnerable. A six-year-old boy has fallen under suspicion because his parents died suddenly. His uncle fears the boy will be killed when he reaches puberty. "The chances he'll survive are pretty small", states remote tribes expert Paul Raffaele. His only hope is that civilisation catches up with the Korowai in time to save him.