This morning, I travelled down the hill into Oslo to watch events at the Cathedral. A memorial service was held for the 77 victims of last year’s attacks on Oslo and Utøya. When I arrived there was a queue forming to attend the service. I could have joined the queue and entered the service, but […]
Oslo & Utøya Terrorist Attacks 2011
On 22nd July 2011 Norway was hit by a major anti-Islamic terrorist attack, by one of its own people. Firstly a car bomb targeting the government quarter of Oslo city centre was set off, killing 8 people. In the aftermath, 69 people were shot dead on the island of Utøya, the majority of whom were teenagers attending a youth camp of the Norwegian Labour Party.
The horrific events united the Norwegian nation against racism and many memorial events were held all over the country. We will always remember.
The trial of Anders Behring Breivik finally gets underway on Monday. It’s hard to believe almost nine months have passed since the Oslo terrorist attacks. Life in the capital has long since returned to normal, although the government quarter which bore the brunt of the explosion is still out of bounds. I live a few […]
This morning, Oslo awoke to a new reality. I can’t be the only one who was awoken at 4am by a massive thunderstorm, thinking another bomb had gone off. When I eventually gave up getting back to sleep at 6am, the full horror of yesterday’s events became clear. The death toll on Utøya had rocketed […]
I can’t put into words how I feel right now – I live just a few minutes walk from where the blast was. I’ll write more when I feel more up to it – but for now I wanted to let people know I am okay.