The moment Norway stood still..

At 12 o clock this morning all of Norway stood still. I went to the center of my city – to the cathedral to be near the other people morning with me. At the precise moment all sounds were muffled. The trams and busses stood still and I could hear my city go completely silent. No cars, no talking, only silence and hundreds of people. For five minutes is was utter silence. I still have not been able to cry,  I`ve just had this constant lump in my throat ever since the moment the bomb ripped through the city.

But one thing is true:

I am so proud to be Norwegian.

I am so grateful to be Norwegian.

I am so happy to be born in a country where people don`t cry out for blood – but rather stand together as one with love.

I am so proud to be part of a community where our leaders show their grief and sorrow – but still preach openess, democracy and peace.

A german newspaper article says: “Even in their deepest sorrow the norwegians don’t get hysterical. They resist the hate. It is amazing to see how politicians and the whole country reacts. They are sad to the deepest thread of their souls. They cry in dignity. But nobody swears to take revenge. Instead they want even more humanity and democracy. That is one of the most remarkable strengths of that little country.”

I want to repeat the words of one of the survivours  after the massacre at Utøya,

” If one man can show this much hate, think how much love we can show together”


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