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An Homage to a Beloved Indigenous Visionary

By Human Rights Watch
Click to expand Image Blas Lopez, a Guna Indigenous community leader from Gardi Sugdub, Panama. © Pamela Vacacurva and Wagua Films Today we honor Blas Lopez, a Guna Indigenous community leader from the small, flood-prone island of Gardi Sugdub, Panama. Trained as a sociologist, Blas dedicated his life to community-led climate adaptation and was a key architect of his community’s efforts to relocate to safer land. Tragically, he passed away last week from a sudden and unexpected illness.Blas passed just days after glimpsing the beginning realizations of a dream he had worked towards since…

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