What a few days it's been here in Norway. First of all, the three-year anniversary of the terror attacks of Oslo and Utøya, which I'm ashamed to say I forgot all about until I saw a tweet at around midday, as I was returning from a holiday in Spain. Two days later, just as the memories were … [Read more...]
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.
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 I … [Read more...]
I can't quite believe a year has passed since the twin terror attacks on Oslo and Utøya. Oslo, Norway, and the world will come together on Sunday to remember the 77 lives taken on 22nd July 2011. The buildings will take more time to rebuild, the trial is finished but not yet resolved - these are … [Read more...]
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 … [Read more...]
One week ago, Norwegian life was turned upside down by the actions of one man. It's not an exaggeration to say the last seven days have been some of the most traumatic and emotional of my life, and I've only been living in Oslo for three months. What it must be like for everyone else I can only … [Read more...]
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 … [Read more...]
It's taken me hours to gather my thoughts enough to be able to put them into words and I'm still shaken now, so forgive me if this is all a little "raw". I can't get my head around the events of today. I was in the supermarket at the bottom of my apartment block when I heard (and felt) the blast. … [Read more...]
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. … [Read more...]