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Madagascar: About forty dahalo killed by security forces since the beginning of the "Coup d'arrêt" operation against thieves of zebus

While since mid-June 2014, the Malagasy Government has sent as part of operation "Coup d'arrêt" about 1,000 elements of the security forces to fight abuses committed by thieves of zebus (dahalo), a first balance sheet reported by the Malagasy Gendarmerie reported 40 dead on the side of the thieves of zebus in crossfire during clashes.
Hundreds of Zebu were also recovered in the wake of the securing operation of the southern Madagascar as reported the Madagascar Tribune newspaper.
As a reminder, the Prime Minister Kolo Roger had officially launched the operation against the dahalo by personally moving to Tuléar earlier this month.
The theft of Zebu comes from ancient Malagasy, but is still a well-established tradition in the hinterland. Symbol of virility before marriage, criminal gangs have turned away from its original meaning, to turn it into a lucrative trade.

Antso Rajaona

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