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VIDEO: Business of targeted kidnappings of Indian origin Karanas in Madagascar

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For years, kidnapping gangs have operated largely with impunity in Madagascar, targeting “Karanas” of Indian origin, who form a 15 000-strong community renowned for its wealth and success in business.

Recent developments indicate that authorities in the large Indian Ocean island nation are beginning to crack down on the gangs after a recent spike in attacks.

In the last 10 years, at least 100 kidnappings have targeted Karanas in Madagascar, reaching a peak last year.

“From what we know, there have been 14 kidnapping cases since 2017, a record level,” said Jean-Michel Frachet, head of the Karana action group Collectif Francais d’Origine.