7/23/2011

OSLO 22/07/11


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.

15 comments:

anies said...

I'd like to visit this place:)

Yaary said...

oh girl i have no words :/ im praying too for all of those familes :/

Sara C. said...

It has been a devastating news. All our thoughts and prayers go to Norway, its inhabitants and all the victims of this unbearable tragedy
Sara C.

Dilan Dilir said...

that what happened there was awful,feel so sad about the people who lost someone..

Dilan Dilir said...

ps: following you!

Sabina said...

I am so so sorry about what happened to you and your fellow citizens. Terrorism takes on many forms and it's always so senseless. I'm very relieved to hear that your friend survived though. She's very lucky because based on what I've read, this man had no mercy--shooting people TWICE to make sure they were dead?!

Your prime minister is right though. No matter what this monster did he won't succeed in his mission and make everyone cower in fear.

Eva Silviana said...

Sorry to hear that bad news :( I believe that your town will be recovered soon. Nice blog by the way! I'm following you now :)

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Joanna S. said...

This what happened is very sad..
you 've got fantastic blog ! i love your style and photos :)

Daisy-Mai said...

norway is my favorite place in the world. You'll come back stronger and prouder!

my prayers and thoughts are with you all

Daisy
xx

Sia said...

I have old friends from there. You and them are in my prayers. xoxo

Marcella said...

Thinking of everyone in your country at this time. Such a tragic event, can't imagine how it must feel for you :(

il était une fois... said...

my heart goes out to you, your country and families that have been affected in this awful tragedy :( big love to all xo

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Emily said...

Sending thoughts and prayers your way!

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Mila said...

I am still really shocked...

Viv said...

awesome printed blouse, and i love how those sunglasses look on you!



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