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Podrán matar al árbol, pero no a la primaveral!

"The army has an assassination list of 18 wanted human rights fighters with my name at the top. I want to live, there are many things I still want to do in this world but I have never once considered giving up fighting for our territory, for a life with dignity, because our fight is legitimate. I take lots of care but in the end, in this country where there is total impunity I am vulnerable... When they want to kill me, they will do it.", said Berta Cáceres to Al Jazeera, a television network from Qatar in 2013.

Not good news this time girls; Berta Cáceres, an environmental and indigenous rights activist from Honduras was murdered this past March 3rd. 
She was known for her endless efforts in defending Lenca people (her ethnicity). She also founded the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organization of Honduras (COPINH). She won the Shalom Award by the Society of Justice and Peace at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (which is a prestigious university at Germany) in 2012 and she even was a finalist at Front Line Defenders Prize in 2014, which is a non-profit organization from Ireland dedicated to bring protection to pacifists human rights defenders (clear view of what Cáceres was chicas). 
This brave woman had just won the Goldman Environmental Prize at 2015 for her contribution in successfully demanding to take out the dams on the Gualcarque River for the Lenca people (ethnicity from Honduras which Berta defended). This was an important contribution this women did since she was fighting against recognized companies such as Sinohydro from China, DESA (Honduran company of Desarrollos Energeticos) and the World's Bank International Finance Corporation. Protests, campaigns, and community meetings against the project is what Berta Cáceres along with her fellow activists did for the goal to be accomplished. But not all of this was easy chicas; throughout their whole protest in preventing the Lenca people to starve to death because of the dams from the elite companies, they suffered several attacks from the army leaving at least one death activist per attack and several injured. 
With this on her hands, Berta Cáceres did not give up. She went to all media possible in telling her experience throughout her protests and telling the people the real truth about Honduras being the country with most deaths for environmental activists, accord into Global Witness Org. 
After the long lasting threats of death to this determinated woman and beside the efforts made by various international organizations in trying to bring protection to Cáceres, the morning of March 3rd armed intruders came into her house and killed her with no slight of doubt. 
Sad to see this reality Honduras is leaving for their activists girls. I really hope this brings determination to the people in Honduras and not fear. I really hope we can all learn from the courage of this woman in not giving up and keep following her objectives towards Lenca people, even if they harassed her to death. What really surprising girls is she did not even cared about the threats at all, nor the constant deaths of several of her fellows girls, this were things she had least interest in paying attention to. Real thing she was focusing on was the defense of her ethnicity. 
This is the real lesson I learn from her chicas: determination and bravery to defend the minority.

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