A month on, survivors of Norway’s shooting massacre have returned to the island where 69 mainly young people died. Victims’ families made the journey to mourn their loved ones on Friday.
Experts say that today’s emotional trip to Utoeya will help the healing process.
“The timing is really focussing on having this opportunity at such an early stage before the island is open for the public and returning as a group. We should remember that,” said Per Brekke of the Oslo Department of Justice. “It is not only sad memories but also some positive memories from the island and seeking together, seeking comfort, and being together is an important step in the very difficult process they have.”
Awaiting trial, Anders Behring Breivik will remain in solitary confinement for the next four weeks, a judge has ordered. The self-confessed killer says he targeted the political youth camp on the island after killing eight other people in a bombing in Oslo.
Survivors had to dodge bullets by diving into the water or finding a place to hide.