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Guatemala is a country rich in minerals such as gold, silver and iron. Companies both inside and outside the country want those riches.
Sometimes the companies don’t ask permission before they start taking the minerals. Sometimes their operations destroy the forests and farmland, and pollute the rivers.
Defenders of water and land need help to protect their right to a healthy environment.
One person they can count on is Rafael Maldonado. He runs an organization called CALAS (the Centre for Environmental, Social and Legal Action).
But not everyone respects the important work that Rafael and members of CALAS do.
They have been threatened in social media posts and in newspaper articles. The threats said they would be killed if they continue their work.
They have been threatened at work too, and even at home. Last November, someone shot and killed a man who worked at CALAS. And last April, someone fired shots outside Rafael’s house.