Honduras is one of the most dangerous places to be Indigenous and an environmental defender. But for the Indigenous Lenca people in Honduras, the land is their life. So the Indigenous Lenca people have formed a movement, known as MILPAH, to stand up against huge industrial projects that are destroying their land.
MILPAH is at the forefront of the struggle to defend their land from hydroelectric dams, mining, and other interests. They brave smear campaigns, death threats, and physical assault to protect their environment.
Unfortunately, MILPAH’s attackers are rarely brought to justice. In October 2015 Ana Miriam Romero, a MILPAH member, was twenty-four weeks pregnant when armed men stormed her house and beat her up. The following January, her house was torched.