It has been one week since the two deadly attacks in Norway killed 76, and people caught up in the shootings on the island of Utoeya have been telling their stories.
Adrian Pracon was shot, but, unlike 68 others, he survived:
“I want to go back. I want to go back as soon as possible just to see what it’s like there now and think about how I remember it. It was a beautiful place – probably the most beautiful place on earth – where young people gathered to discuss changing society and making the world a better place. I want to see the place where I tried to escape from. I want to make peace with the island again and let go of what happened.”
It is not just young people on the island with stories to tell – there are also those involved in the rescue. Paramedic, Haavard Larsen described the mood of terror:
“ To explain the atmosphere, I can describe one of my colleagues that was trying to help one of the kids ashore. The kids were stepping back and asking him ‘Are you going to shoot me?’ I think that describes the state of mind the kids were in.”
Many are now struggling to come to terms with the actions of one man, which have affected so many lives – especially young ones.