As the price of pods has soared so has violence – and forest defenders are increasingly risking their lives to protect precious wildlife habitat from being felled for profit
- Jonathan Watts
- The Guardian
The vanilla thieves of Anjahana were so confident of their power to intimidate farmers they provided advance warning of raids.
“We are coming tonight,” they would write in a note pushed under doors in this remote coastal village in Madagascar. “Prepare what we want.”
After one assault too many at the turn of the year, a crowd rounded up five alleged gangsters, dragged them into the village square and then set about the…