Oslo’s deputy mayor Kamzy Gunaratnam (33) survived the terrorist attack on Utøya in 2011. Eight years later, she received a letter from Anders Behring Breivik with a personal greeting, to which she responds in her new book.
In the autobiography “Your struggle is my struggle”, Kamzy Gunaratnam (Labor Party), deputy mayor of Oslo, tells about a letter she received in January 2020.
“When I opened the letter, it felt as if the whole City Hall was swaying under my feet. The envelope contained 22 tightly written pages with a small point size, dated Skien prison 2 December 2019. The letter was signed Fjo Hansen aka. Anders Behring Breivik. He who shot after us on Utøya. The man I fled from “, Gunaratnam writes in the book.
Read VG’s review of the book: Brave and provocative
She survived the terrorist attack on AUF’s summer camp on Utøya on July 22, 2011, where 69 people were killed.
– Got scared
– What were you thinking when you received the letter?
– I did not think much about it there and then. I was just scared. That was really the last thing I needed then. For now I had spent nine years not splashing sounds that sounded like shots, not splashing things, not being afraid, not going into a restaurant and seeing the emergency exit before I sat down, Gunaratnam tells VG.
Then came the letter. I have since had to mobilize all my strength to become myself again.
She emphasizes that the book is about much more than just the two chapters.
According to her, the essence is that we must think beyond ourselves, and fight on behalf of people and groups who do not have the same challenges as us.
Kamzy answers Behring Breivik in a new book. Book Review: “Your Battle is My Battle”
– Aroused fear again
In the book, Gunaratnam responds to the letter from the terrorist:
“When I read your name, I got chills down my spine. My body went into panic mode for a moment. After what you did on July 22, 2011, I struggled mentally for a long time. I slept badly, sounds sounded like shots, and I could not go into a place without looking for all possible emergency exits “, she writes and continues:
“Your actions have caused me lasting damage. I spent many years putting down my paranoia. Your letter, which I opened on the third day of New Year, aroused fear again. “
According to Gunaratnam, the letter from the mass murderer was addressed to all members of the Storting. But he had written a personal greeting to the deputy mayor: “Dear Kamzy Gunaratnam!
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