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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-19-11 05:27 PM
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Source: The Guardian

Survivors of the gun attack which claimed the lives of 69 people last month on the Norwegian island of Utya revisited the massacre scene on Friday in the company of families and friends of those who died.

About 500 people visited the island in light rain. As many as 1,500 people are expected to visit over the weekend, including the Norwegian prime minister, Jens Stoltenberg.

Emilie Bersaas, 19, who survived the attack on the island youth camp, told Sky News she has avoided thinking about the man who admitted responsibility for the attacks, rightwing extremist Anders Behring Breivik: "Mostly I don't want to because I don't think he deserves my thoughts... I would rather that my friends who are not here today get my thoughts."

Norway's general director of health, Bjrn-Inge Larsen, said he hoped the visits would help relatives with their grieving: "In the long run, we know that seeing the scene of where these murders were taking place is actually helpful."

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