Who Killed Berta Caceres?: Dams, Death Squads, and an Indigenous Defender's Battle for the Planet
Nina Lakhani (Author)
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DescriptionA deeply affecting-and infuriating-portrait of the life and death of a courageous indigenous leader The first time Honduran indigenous leader Berta Cáceres met the journalist Nina Lakhani, Cáceres said, 'The army has an assassination list with my name at the top. I want to live, but in this country there is total impunity. When they want to kill me, they will do it.' In 2015, Cáceres won the Goldman Prize, the world's most prestigious environmental award, for leading a campaign to stop construction of an internationally funded hydroelectric dam on a river sacred to her Lenca people. Less than a year later she was dead. Lakhani tracked Cáceres remarkable career, in which the defender doggedly pursued her work in the face of years of threats and while friends and colleagues in Honduras were exiled and killed defending basic rights. Lakhani herself endured intimidation and harassment as she investigated the murder. She was the only foreign journalist to attend the 2018 trial of Cáceres's killers, where state security officials, employees of the dam company and hired hitmen were found guilty of murder. Many questions about who ordered and paid for the killing remain unanswered. Drawing on more than a hundred interviews, confidential legal filings, and corporate documents unearthed after years of reporting in Honduras, Lakhani paints an intimate portrait of an extraordinary woman in a state beholden to corporate powers, organised crime, and the United States.
June 02, 2020
5.8 X 8.3 X 1.2 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author
NINA LAKHANI has reported from over a dozen countries including six and a half years freelancing in Central America and Mexico, and staff jobs with the Independent and the Independent and Sunday in London. Before journalism she was a mental health nurse. She is currently the Environmental Justice correspondent for the Guardian US based in New York.