Incredible photos have revealed the inside of the home of an Amazon tribesman known as the ‘loneliest man in the world’. Dubbed ‘The Man in the Hole’, he is believed to be the last known survivor of an indigenous tribe who were murdered by farmers 22 years ago. He has been living on his own in the remote state of Rondonia, Brazil, ever since, surviving on pigs, birds, monkeys and plants of the jungle.
Believed to be between 55 and 60 years old, the lonesome figure has never spoken to anyone from mainstream civilization.
Though his name, tribe and language remain a mystery, it’s understood the other five remaining members of his tribe were purged by farmers in a ‘genocidal attack’, in 1996. Photos from his home show a wooden spear and bamboo sticks used for hunting as well as one of the holes which has given him his nickname. Local officials say the holes are used to trap animals or for him to hide in while he’s out hunting in the Amazon jungle.
Earlier this month, footage taken by Brazilian government officials showed the man using a hand-made axe to chop down a tree near his hut. They are thought to be 113 un-contacted tribes living in the Amazon, 27 of which have been spotted by experts trying to track their movements. With the footage released as proof the man still exists in a bid to protect his right to the local land, Survival International advocacy director, Fiona Watson, believes the lone wanderer is a symbol for the importance of human diversity – a symbol that must be protected. Fiona said: ‘Piecing together information from neighbouring tribes, we believe he is the sole survivor of a wave of genocidal attacks.
‘We believe most of his family were murdered by land-grabbers and ranchers who poured into part of the Amazon along a new highway thirst for land and profit, in the 1980s.
‘We don’t know his name, the name of his tribe, what language he speaks – and in a way we don’t need to. ‘What’s important is to respect his evident desire to be left alone, not be contacted and to protect his territory so he can live the rest of his life in peace.’ ‘We know he hunts with bows and arrows and also digs 1.5-2m deep holes with wooden staves in the bottom to trap animals.