R.I.P. Pim de Kuijer
Still shocked by the news that D66 colleague Pim de Kuijer and 297 others died on Flight MH17, shot down by Russian separatists in Ukraine. Pim was a dedicated political activist for Stop Aids Now and on his way to the International AIDS Conference, just like 100 others on that specific plane. We campaigned together for the Dutch elections of 2012. I still remember our hilarious trip in an unofficial ‘D66 campaign bus’ to Groningen (picture above, with Pim second left). You were always full of life, Pim. It is sad and unfair that you’re gone.
Condolences are welcome on CondoleancePim.nl. D66 politician Lousewies van der Laan wrote a personal obituary, while Channel 4 reporter Jonathan Rugman made a respectful tv item with Pim’s family. I wish them all the best.
Update 28-07: Here are some interesting columns (Dutch only): Arnon Grunberg gives his thoughts about collective mourning (in Vrij Nederland), while Marcel Duyvestijn wrote two columns for his friend Pim de Kuijer (in the Amsterdam newspapers Het Parool and Echo). Three must-reads.