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80 thieves of Zebus looted and sacked three villages in southeastern Madagascar

Three villages in the commune of Tsivory in the South-East of Madagascar have been the scene of looting by 80 thieves of zebu (dahalo) armed with shotguns.
Not finding a sufficient number of cattle in the village of Tsivory the dahalo angrily ransacked the town and destroyed everything in their path. The dahalo burned fifty houses on site before stealing some forty zebus and leave after a few hours of looting, taking with them all the valuables.
A force of gendarmerie dispatched on field and tried unsuccessfully to prevent their escape into the mountains of the Great South of Madagascar.
At the end of last December, the Malagasy government has put a temporary end to the operation Tandroka (note: take the bull by the horns), conducted since September against thieves zebu to curb insecurity in southern Madagascar.
The cavale of Remenabila, historic leader of the zebu thieves and declared public enemy No. 1 by the authorities is continuing in the hostile wooded bush area of ​​Fort Dauphin in the south of the Big Island.
Zebu theft comes from old traditions inherited from generations in Madagascar. Symbol of manhood before marriage, organized gangs have misappropriated their ancestry to make a lucrative traffic management in particular of Tananarive.

Antso Rajaona

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