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article imageOp-Ed: A nation mourns the victims of Norway's Utoya Island

By KJ Mullins     Jul 25, 2011 in World
Oslo - Norway is in mourning. Friday's attacks in Oslo and Utoya Island that left close to 70 dead has left the peaceful nation questioning how such an act happen on their soil.
People, from the royal family to the average person on the street, came to a memorial service at the Oslo Cathedral to mourn the dead. King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway were both in tears. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg knew many of the victims said that "We are crying with you, we feel for you."
“Our answer is more democracy, more openness, and more humanity – but never naivety,” he told a memorial service in Oslo.
Memorial for two massacre victims in Norway.
Memorial for two massacre victims in Norway.
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On Sunday church bells rang out across the nation as tearful mourners tried to make sense of the deadly carnage.
Memorial in Norway.
Memorial in Norway.
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Today at noon the country observed a moment of silence in memory of the dead.
Coroners are working to identify the dead before a list of names is released.
Oslo: The day after.
Oslo: The day after.
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On Facebook groups are in place to leave messages in memory of the victims of the massacre. Messages are flowing in from every corner of the world.
day after Oslo bombing
day after Oslo bombing
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Tales of survival are now emerging from the youth camp's young victims that escaped death.
Adrian Pracon, 21, lays in a hospital bed thankful to be alive. He was shot in the shoulder as he pretended to be dead laying on the beach. He told how the killer walked among the bodies shooting victims in the head.
“I could hear him breathing,” Mr Pracon recalled from his hospital room. “I could hear his boots. I could feel the heat of the gun.”
Children afraid that they would not escape used their cell phones to hear their parents' voices one last time. Hurried text messages were sent out. Relatives waited throughout the night to receive more as the darkness of night covered the island.
Those who survived watched hidden behind trees and rocks as their friends were gunned down. Some ran for their cabins and hid under beds.
For some, hearing that police had arrived to save them resulted in their death as the gunman, dressed in police clothing, ambushed them as the victims ran towards what they believed was safety.
Today the nation remains a peaceful nation. One lone man can not take that away from it's people.
Flowers piled up outside a church in Oslo  Norway form a memorial for those who were killed when a g...
Flowers piled up outside a church in Oslo, Norway form a memorial for those who were killed when a gunman opened fire on crowds, killing nearly 100 people.
Photo by Jo Christian Oterhals
A makeshift memorial was created in Oslo  Norway to commemorate those who were killed when a gunman ...
A makeshift memorial was created in Oslo, Norway to commemorate those who were killed when a gunman opened fire on crowds, killing nearly 100 people.
Photo by Jo Christian Oterhals
Flowers piled up outside a church in Oslo  Norway form a memorial for those who were killed when a g...
Flowers piled up outside a church in Oslo, Norway form a memorial for those who were killed when a gunman opened fire on crowds, killing nearly 100 people.
Photo by Jo Christian Oterhals
Day after Oslo bombing
Day after Oslo bombing
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Met many of the survivors after the massacre. Hard to take in all the dreadful stories. Pray for the...
Met many of the survivors after the massacre. Hard to take in all the dreadful stories. Pray for the survivors.
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Jørgen survived the massacre after a dramatic escape. He had a really traumatic experience there. P...
Jørgen survived the massacre after a dramatic escape. He had a really traumatic experience there. Pray for the survivors.
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This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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