[Admin note: this is about the lingering effects of cattle rustling.\
Villagers in southern Madagascar recall with bitterness the day the soldiers came and razed their homes to the ground, but the officer they accuse denies any responsibility."The soldiers arrived and started shooting," said Tongnazy, a farmwoman from Voromiantsa, a village in southern Madagascar a two-day walk from the nearest major town.
"What did we do wrong?" I asked. "A soldier told me to 'shut up' and smacked my head with his rifle."
"Then he said, 'we are going to burn your village'."
Preparing rice in a small dark hut she built after her home was razed, Tongnazy traces the origins of her ordeal back to 2012.
That was when the Malagasy military launched Operation Tandroka, a bid to end cattle rustling that has plagued the south and west of the island nation and fuelled inter-communal violence.
Their chief target was a near mythical bandit named Remenabila, blamed for mass rustling and the deaths of several soldiers.
He is accused of stealing countless zebu -- humped mammals also known as Brahman cattle -- a much-prized livestock on this Indian Ocean island. More....