A Norwegian youth camp where terrorist Anders Behring-Breivik killed 69 people four years ago has reopened.
“It’s good to be home again at Utoya,” the president of the Labor Party youth organization, Mani Hussaini, told a crowd sitting on a hill.
The camp’s organizer told media outlets before the opening they will not allow “that dark day to overshadow the nice and bright” memories of the camp.
The island is owned by the political party and is used every year for youth camps where the students learn about the party’s beliefs and values. Breivik, who said at his trial he considered the youths at the camp traitors to Norway, took a ferry to the island dressed as a police officer and then began his massacre.
“To have the summer camp here again with all the tents reminds me a lot of walking here together with the friends who are not here anymore,” said Runar Kjellstad Nygaard, 23, who had left the camp just before the murders.
“It was actually the plan to stay and sleep here, but then I dropped it because they warned of bad weather,” he explained. “I’m very happy for that today, but it is a very strange feeling to sit at home and get text messages from your best friend saying ‘things are happening out here’”.
Memorials have been placed on the island with the names of most of the victims of the attack. The assault was the worst killing spree in the country since World War Two. Breivik had also set off a car bomb in a nearby city earlier in the day, killing eight people.