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Protest in Soamahamanina, Madagascar. August 2016. Credit: L'Express

Tsihoarana Andrianony

HRD, Co-president

Tsihoarana Andrianony is the co-presidents of the association VONA, a local organisation that defends environmental rights, and which was one of the main groups organising the recent mass movement at Soamahamanina. VONA is a part of the TANY Collective, a coalition of organisations working to defend Malagasy land and natural resources against land grabbing, and to support development for both urban and rural citizens of Madagascar. The campaign called for suspension of gold mining in the region, amid accusations of irregularities by the defenders and other environmental actors.