Risking their lives to defend their land

Ramón Bedoya is surrounded by bodyguards at his family's farm in western Colombia in April.

(CNN)At 18, Ramón Bedoya already has two bodyguards and a bulletproof vehicle provided by the Colombian government for his protection.

But he says it's not enough. He fears for his life and that of his family after his father, Hernán Bedoya, was threatened on numerous occasions before being killed in December.
His father was reportedly shot 14 times for protecting community lands from businesses interested in palm oil agriculture in the western region of Colombia's department of Chocó.
    Bedoya, 18, says he wants to continue his father's fight to protect the community's land.
    The younger Bedoya remembers fighting alongside his father since he was 8, defending the territory despite being displaced from their land twice.
    "I decided to keep fighting because he always showed me the way," Bedoya says of continuing the struggle after his father's death.
    "He always wanted me to follow his steps, to take care of nature, the land, human rights, and that is what I do," he told CNN in a voice message. "I continue to fight."

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