"We are all
Ninja Turtles of mapping"
Perween Rahman was with us in Bangkok, just two short weeks before her assassination on March 13th, 2013 - This ACHR Regional workshop was one of the rare regional meetings this busy and committed woman agreed to leave her work in Karachi to attend. On the second day of the meeting, during the special session on community surveys and mapping, Perween and her colleagues made a delightful and inspiring presentation about the maps they have been making and using for the last 32 years in Karachi and other parts of Pakistan. "We're all mappers," she told us, in that voice of hers, which went up and down the scale like a flute. "We love maps! We are all the Ninja Turtles of mapping! Maps are to our work what x-rays are to a doctor's: they tell us where the problem is and how to resolve it." Although we couldn't have known it at the time, this was Perween's last presentation to her friends and colleagues in Asia, her farewell message to us.