Friday afternoon terror hit Norway. Those of us not near a TV turned up the radio with a sense of illusionary disbelief. Downtown Oslo hit by bombs and a man in uniform hunting down and shooting kids at a peaceful AUF (laborparty) meeting...- at an island where the kids had no other route of escaping other than swimming in the cold, cold waters. And many didn´t make it far. Eyewitnesses are telling horrible tales of a man continuing to shoot everything that moved in the water as well as on shore. Ripping apart tents, shooting those desperately trying to hide. Behind rocks. Under leaves. covered by corps... praying to get out of the horror alive. Thirteen and fourteen year old kids. KIDS. Who kills kids? Kids who are trying to escape.. unbelievable....Luckily some managed though- To escape. Scared and probably scarred for life. One of them being Prableen Kaur, sharing her thoughs and experiences through this blog. She tells a story so detailed and direct that not being effected is not a choice. Prableen writes in her blog ( mark- freely translated from norwegian)
A rush of people to the hospitals willing to give blood. People calling in to radiostations letting the effected know that their hoses are open to them... People sharing their thoughs and prayers on every social community there is trying to signal to those effected that they´re not alone.
(...) Today is a sad, sad day in Norwegian history. At the same time a day that will be remembered as a day we all stood toghether against terrorism. A day most of us, I guess, in our innocent and naive minds never thought would come to Norway. The day we were to wake up with the knowledge that terror hit us hard. Too hard. Surrealistic, inhumanly hard. Terror hit us and took away some of our wonderful naive belief in goodness and humanity. But it hasn´t won. Terrorism. We will fight it and those responsible will never ever make us a silent nation. If anything we will only get better and stronger. More outspoken agains values we don´t believe in.. I know I will....As a friend and member of AUF wisely stated on his facebook
"I´ve felt anger, frustration, hopelessness and the urge for revenge.. The young AUF´rs who went out to Utøya went there to fight against the attitude, the intolerance, fundamentalism and racism the perpetrator believed in. I will revenge my friends by being a better man, standing up against such attitudes, in small or large context, and I urge all my friends to do the same" ( Tord Dale, AUF)