By now I believe that most of you have heard the devastating news about the Oslo terror attack that took place yesterday, 22 July. This happened so incredibly close to me, and influenced me so deeply because it affected people I knew and their acquaintances.
Yesterday around 3.30 pm in downtown Oslo there were news about an explosion at the goverment building. My first reaction was that I thought this was a joke on twitter, but then I turned on the tv and saw several reports on the case. There had been an explosion in the prime minister's office, and people had been injured and possibly lethally. This was a shock for not only Norway, but the whole world. How did it happen, who did it, and last of all why?
I sat and watched the news and kept myself updated on the Internet to see if any questions were answers. After a couple of hours there were reports of shooting at Utøya, where there was currently a youth camp for politically engaged teenagers. We were all already traumatized over the fact that there had been an explosion, and then an even more horrible story breaks out. A man dressed as a police officer said that he had to visit Utøya for a check-up after the explosion. This man then engaged in shooting the teens who were there. He took many innocent lives, wounded several people and traumatized a whole nation. This man had no regrets as he smilingly was escorted away by police after one and a half hour of mass murdering teenagers.
A friend of mine was at Utøya at the youth camp when the shooting happened. She luckily survived and explains that she must have had a guardian angel. You can read her story here,(in Norwegian) and read how horrible this experience was for the people on Utøya during the shooting.
Yesterday was a terrible day for Norway, but we are a strong people and we will not be brought down by this horrible action but rather let it strenghten us. Over 90 people did not die in vain. I trust in the wise words of our prime minister Jens Stoltenberg - "Vi er en liten, men stolt nasjon. Ingen skal få bombe oss til taushet." (We are a small, but proud nation. No one shall bomb us to silence.)
My thoughts and prayers go out to all the injured, their families and the people that lost their lives during this tragic event.