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Who Killed Berta Cáceres?
by Nina Lakhani

The murder of Honduran indigenous leader Berta Cáceres was the grand finale of years of terror by the company building the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam—enabled and supported by state forces and security forces, by prosecutors, judges, and politicians. For journalist Nina Lakhani, Cáceres’s life and death is an emblematic story of what is happening all across Central America.


Nina Lakhani is the environmental justice reporter for the Guardian US. Previously she was a freelance journalist covering Central America and Mexico for the Guardian, BBC, Al Jazeera, Global Post, the Daily Beast, and elsewhere.


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Who Killed Berta Cáceres?: Dams, Death Squads, and an Indigenous Defender’s Battle for the Planet
Nina Lakhani
June 2020


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