Norway | Exactly 10 years ago, Norway woke up to a day that many do not want to remember: survivors from the island of Utøya urge to think about who was attacked

The tragedy in Norway ten years ago continues to open wounds that have not healed.

July 22 in 2011 a huge bomb exploded in the center of Oslo and heavily armed Anders Behring Breivik stepped into a summer camp at the Norwegian Labor Party youth organization on the island of Utøya.

77 people died. More than 400 survived.

After exactly ten years, Norway has still not faced the political motives of the event, says the director of the youth organization AUF and the survivor of the island. Astrid Eide Hoem To the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) in an interview.

Survivors have long tried to bring to the discussion the ideological backgrounds of the event. Now the AUF is calling on the new Commission to investigate the aspects of the terrorist attacks in Utøya and Oslo.

“I want it to be clear to society as a whole who and what values ​​were attacked. Ten years after the event, we see that the far right is becoming more organized,” Hoem says, referring to the August 2019 Bærum Summit. mosque shooting.

Prime minister Erna Solberg tells NRK that the government has taken several measures to combat right – wing extremism. He says he understands the concerns of the youth organization.

“I am ready to consider any proposals to combat right-wing extremism. I urge the AUF to make concrete proposals, ”says Prime Minister Solberg.

Astrid Hoem is the director of the surviving youth organization AUF. He traveled to Utøya again in July this year.

Sadat survivors of the terrorist attack continue to suffer from the events of the gloomy island. A thorough examination of their state of health continues, NRK says.

The Norwegian National Center of Expertise on Violence and Traumatic Stress has now conducted four rounds of interviews with survivors in its Utøya study.

The study has so far found that one in three survivors of the island still suffers from major difficulties such as post-traumatic stress reactions, anxiety and depression. Also physical symptoms, such as headache and prolonged pain are common among these young adults.

The names of the victims are reminiscent of the gloomy day on the island of Utøya.

On the island there are still signs of a fatal day, despite efforts to rebuild it. Norwegian media Dagbladet says, for example, part of the café building where 13 young people were killed has been renovated.

However, bullet holes in the walls of the café have survived and a memorial engraved with the names of the victims now hangs in front of the café.

The Labor Party continues to organize activities on the island of Utøya, with more visitors than ever before, says Dagbladet.

Since the terrorist attack, more than 40,000 young people in Norway have taken part in democracy workshops, summer camps, school visits and confirmation camps.

Terrorist Anders Breivik, 42, is currently serving his 21-year prison sentence at Ila Special Prison. The sentence is the longest possible in Norway for a crime.

Now, 10 years after the verdict, Breivik has the right to apply for parole. Lawyer Øystein Storrvik according to Breivik intends to exercise this right as well.

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