Sakaraha

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Sakaraha
Skyline of Sakaraha
Map of former Toliara Province showing the location of Sakaraha (red).
Map of former Toliara Province showing the location of Sakaraha (red).
Country Madagascar
Region Atsimo-Andrefana

Sakaraha is a town and municipality in Atsimo-Andrefana Region, south-western Madagascar.

On 31 January 2007, Saudi businessman Mohammed Jamal Khalifa was murdered by 25 to 30 armed men while visiting a gemstone mine he owned in Sakamilko, near the town of Sakaraha. He had recently called in local police to evict people who had been working the gem mine in his absence. Though all his belongings had been stolen there is some conjecture that the death was politically motivated.[1][2]

Geography[edit]

Sakaraha is situated along route nationale No. 7 (Tuléar-Fianarantsoa) at 134 km from Tuléar, 64 km from Andranovory and 84 km from Ilakaka.[3]

Economy[edit]

Natural gas was discovered near Sakaraha by Madagascar Southern Petroleum Company (MSCP) in 2011.[4]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 22°55′0″S 44°32′59″E / 22.91667°S 44.54972°E / -22.91667; 44.54972

Area around Sakaraha, showing roads and topography