Thursday, March 27, 2014

Harm's Hero

Harm de Blij was a hero to many geographers, but he had a hero of his own. The day after his death, I received the 16th edition of his famous textbook Realms, Regions, and Concepts -- co-authored with Peter O. Muller and Jan Nijman. It includes this dedication page:

To Malala Yousafzai

Shot in the head by the Taliban near her school in Pakistan, she survived unimaginable challenges and displayed boundless courage by ascending the global stage and exhorting her classmates and girls everywhere never to stop learning and always to seek the knowledge that gives women power.

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