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Who Killed Berta Cáceres?
Forfatter: Nina Lakhani
Forlag: Verso (Storbritannia)

HONDURAS: Nina Lakhani's dangerous search for the truth behind the murder of environmental activist Berta Cáceres ends up in more questions than answers.

Berta Cáceres (1971–2016) was a Honduran environmental activist, indigenous leader and co-founder of the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) with her then-husband Salvador Zúñiga. The couple had four children, and although they divorced in 2000, they continued to lead the organization together.

After several years of death threats, and just one year after receiving an environmental award, Cáceres was shot and killed by assassins in her own home on March 2, 2016. Another activist, Gustavo Castro, was injured during the attack. Cáceres turned 44 years old.

The murder of Berta Cáceres in 2016 sparked an international outrage, but the outrage did not stop the carnage.

Author Nina Lakhani works as a reporter for The Guardian newspaper in the USA. In the book, she examines links between corrupt government officials and organized crime through conversations with Cáceres' family members and other political figures who knew the environmental activist.

Lakhani writes that she herself has ended up in the firing line through her work with the book, but that this is a risk she is willing to take, since she believes it is important to find Berta Cáceres' killers and culprits.

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Cáceres belonged to the indigenous people of La Esperanza in southwestern Honduras.
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Pinar Ciftci
Ciftci is a journalist and actor.

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