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Berta Caceres

Berta Caceres (1972 - 2016)

Berta Cáceres, an award-winning Indigenous environmental activist from Honduras, is best noted for leading a grassroots campaign opposing a proposed dam on the Gualcarque River. The campaign was a success, protecting the river which is considered sacred by the Lencas — the Indigenous tribe Cáceres belonged to — while also protecting the tribe's access to water, food and medicine. She was also cofounder of the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, which supports and advocates for the needs of Indigenous communities in Honduras.

Berta Caceres

“I cannot freely walk on my territory or swim in the sacred river and I am separated from my children because of the threats. I cannot live in peace, I am always thinking about being killed or kidnapped. But I refuse to go into exile. I am a human rights fighter and I will not give up this fight.”