“I’m going to tell you only one thing: they did not kill my mom, because the assassins who wanted to kill her have screwed themselves, because she is here, because she lives in every one of us! Because as long as we continue fighting against the criminal and killer dam, against the other dams that are coming and installing themselves within the Lenca people, and inside Honduras; the killer mines that poison the water and the environment; the forces that privatize the forest and the air; we are going to keep fighting and my mom Berta Caceras will live there. Berta lives. The struggle continues!“
Laura Caceras stood with her sister, her mother’s namesake, and spoke those words to a crowd in honour of her late mother, Berta, a human rights defender and environmental activist, 2015 winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize, who was assassinated in her home on March 3rd this year, for her work to stop the same kind of bulldozers the BC Premier is trying to send to the Peace River Valley. The place is the Honduras where she and others from Copinh fought against Central America’s biggest hydropower projects–a group of four dams in the Gualcarque river basin, including the Agua Zarca dam. Between 2010 and 2014, one hundred members of the group, were murdered in cold blood. I find this young woman’s words eloquent, driven, and determined. I stand with her, as I do today with Kristin Henry, everyone at the Hunger Site, those protesting at Site C in the Peace River Valley, and every human rights and environmental activist around the world.