I am very sad to announce the death of Henk Ruyssenaars, at the age of 68 in Nijmegen, The Netherlands
After 35 years abroad as an independent foreign correspondent, based in Sweden, Chili and Tunisia, working for the NPD newspapers in Holland, for the BBC, BRT, swedish and german newspapers etc, he came back to the city of Nijmegen, from where he started his career. He lived in Nijmegen the last 14 years, working as "senior correspondent" on the internet. His posts went all over the world.
We will allways remember him as a great man and warm personality who always helped people who needed it.
Allthough he was ill since a long time, he never stopped to defend the human rights and express his anger to the ones who he thought, deserved it, untill about a week before he died. "if I can't work, I'm a dead man"
"I have done what I could, it's over now".
It would be great when people will go on to read his articles.
"It is so easy to understand" he sad, "you just have to connect the dots" or... "follow the money" and you get a lot of answers.
It looked easy but I know he was working for at least 14 hours a day to find out truth behind stories. "you don't have to believe me, but look at the facts and make up your own mind" was one of his statements.
He always delivered the links of what he had found. Henk: "I always think, how would it feel if they do this to me, and when it's not nice, well I try to do something about it".
I am very happy to have known this warm person, a man with a huge memory, with an unusual intelligence and great humor. I'm sure there will be a lot of people who are very happy with his silence now, but I know there are thousands, if not millions, who will never know what a battle he fought for them. "A man's got to do what a man's got to do!" He'll have hundreds of friends who will share their warm memories of him.
Keep on reading, keep on keeping your eyes open and fight for your right to speak out!
I had to greet all his friends. In due time the email address of firstname.lastname@example.org will stop
Friends who want to write me their memories or reactions, can reach me at email@example.com
We 'll miss you so much!
- Henk Ruyssenaars is no more...