Today, Norway marks that one year has passed since the 22nd of July 2011, when a Norwegian man carried out two deadly terrorist attacks in the heart of Norway; a bomb attack against the government building, killing 8 people, and a gun massacre at a Labour Youth summer camp, gunning down 69 teenagers.
I didn't personally know any of those killed or wounded in the attacks, but I still feel a great sorrow at what happened. In the school where I taught during my practice teaching this spring, three students had been shot dead at Utĝya island, where the summer camp took place. In a way, Norway, a small and peaceful nation on the edge of the world, lost its innocence last year.
Hearing about the movie theater shooting in Colorado a few days ago was an ugly reminder of what everyone here in Norway experienced last summer, and I want everyone to know that I think about the victims of both attacks, both in US and in Norway, today. If you are reading this thread, take a moment to send your thoughts and best wishes to all those who were undeserving victims of these cowardly attacks, and those who are left behind and have to struggle with the memories of those lost.