In May, a court in Brazil sentenced a second rancher to 30 years in prison for ordering the murder of Dorothy Stang, a Catholic Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, who worked in Brazil with small farmers for almost 40 years defending the Amazon rain forest. Stang, 73, was shot six times in February 2005 as she held her Bible and read it to her attackers. She was left lying on the road in the town of Anapu in Para, a state where loggers and ranchers have deforested huge sections of the world’s largest rain forest.
“For the first time in the history of Para, all those indicted for assassination in a land conflict were brought to trial and convicted for criminal activity in the Transamazon region,” said her community in a press release. “The people who came from Anapu for the trial went back home with peace and hope.”