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Madagascar: Flights of zebus multiply in the South of the Big Island, a village attacked twice last weekend




Madagascar: Flights of zebus multiply in the South of the Big Island, a village attacked twice last weekend
After a lull of a few months, the villages of the South of Madagascar are hard hit by cattle rustling draining in their wake a growing insecurity in the region again.
 
Fifty thieves of zebus (dahalo) armed with guns have thus carried out in the night from Friday to Saturday, the first raid in the village of Beakanga in District Mandoto, taking with them a hundred oxen.
 
Last Sunday, the same dahalo returned, but this time the villagers have resisted. Two of them were injured by bullets and rushed to the hospital Antsirabe.
 
Thieves of zebus were able at the second attack to leave with 14 Zebu.
 
As a reminder, since the end of December 2012, the Malagasy government has decided to stop Tandroka operation (note: take the bull by the horns), conducted since September against thieves of zebu to curb insecurity in southern Madagascar.
 
The mare of Remenabila, historic leader of dahalo and considered public enemy number one continued in the Fort Dauphin in the south of Madagascar.
 
Zebu theft comes from old Malagasy traditions still very much alive in the country. Symbol of manhood before marriage, organized gangs have turned away from its original meaning, to set up a lucrative criminal trade.



Antso Rajaona


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