By: Gabriela Yareliz
Today, we mourn the assassination of a great indigenous rights and environmental rights champion and activist, Berta Cáceres.
She is known for her tireless work to bring awareness to important issues. She was co-founder of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations in Honduras and the 2015 winner of the Goldman Prize, the most prestigious grass-roots award dedicated to those working to preserve the environment. She won this award for her work and campaign against the powerful dam builder at Agua Zarca. Her work organized and empowered the Lenca people.
Earlier today, the Honduran activist was shot in her home. She had been receiving threats, and today, her life was cut short.
She worked arduously to help protect lands and territories that belonged to the indigenous community in Honduras. She fought inequality and human rights violations.
Cáceres is a woman who embodies a lot of what I believe makes women so special. She was a woman who loved people, and she worked to better those people’s lives. She worked insatiably, with determination and passion; passion that drove her to continue her work boldly, in what is called the most dangerous country in the world (Honduras). She had the type of passion that burns fear and lights a path for those who follow.
I love the way Amazon Watch paid tribute to her, and I repeat it here: Berta Cáceres rests in power.