Killing of 14-year-old shines light on string of activist deaths in Colombia

Source: Telegraph 

The murder of a 14-year-old environmentalist in Colombia has been described as futile and pure evil by his friends and family.

Breiner David Cucuñame was shot while on patrol with the Kiwes or the Indigenous Guard, an organisation formed by men, women and children that seeks to protect indigenous communities in the country’s troubled southwestern region of Cauca.

Colombia has become the most dangerous country in the world for environmental activists, with those protecting indigenous land particularly at risk.

“He was like any other teenager,” his father, Samuel Cucuñame told the Sunday Telegraph. “But he was passionate about protecting our land.”