The Amazon forest wildfires are the latest and most visible of deforestation processes. Many reports link them to state-sponsored agribusiness and mining projects at the expense of our ecosystems and indigenous peoples’ rights.
In Central America, too, grassroots organizations like the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH) have long denounced a state policy that manipulates concession processes to extract resources for profit at all costs. This policy would have directly influenced the murder of environmentalist and indigenous woman Berta Cáceres, who had led a peaceful protest against the construction of the Agua Zarca dam in Honduras.
Miriam Miranda, Garífuna leader of OFRANEH led a campaign in Tegucigalpa last week to call on Honduran authorities for justice for Berta Cáceres’s murder, as well as other femicides, and to stop the violent militarization
of the region of Vallecito, Colon. They fear dispossession of their lands by the State.
This is one of her quotes from the campaign:
«Ante tanta desesperanza, ante tanta pérdida de fe, ante tanto dolor acumulado, tenemos que tener mucho amor para construir otra Honduras, no nos queda de otra» - Miriam Miranda.
“In the face of so much despair, in the face of so much lost faith, in the face of so much accumulated pain, we have to have a lot of love to create another Honduras. We have no other choice.“ - Miriam Miranda.
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