“ In our worldview, we are beings who come from the Earth, from the water, and from corn. The Lenca people are ancestral guardians of the rivers, in turn protected by the spirits of young girls, who teach us that giving our lives in various ways for the protection of the rivers is giving our lives for the well-being of humanity and of this planet… Let us wake up! We’re out of time. WE must shake our conscience free of the rapacious capitalism, racism and patriarchy that will only assure our own self-destruction. Our Mother Earth – militarized, fenced-in, poisoned, a place where basic rights are systematically violated – demands that we take action.”
Berta Cáceres, a prominent leader in the Indigenous movement in Honduras against one of Central America’s largest hydropower projects, four enormous dams known as “Agua Zarca” in the Gualcarque river basin, was murdered in her sleep last week.
Gunmen burst through her door and shot her to death in an internationally-recognized political assassination.
The Indigenous group Cáceres founded, Civil Council for Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), has so far been successful in preventing the project from moving forward.
Throughout Honduras, deep grief and outrage have driven thousands to the streets, and numerous nations have called upon the Honduran government and the United States for justice.
Hondurans vow that Berta’s death will not be in vain.
!Que nuestros corazones ser lo más valerosa como el suyo! Nunca le olvidaremos, Berta!