Oslo street paper vendor recalls aftermath of attack
Street paper vendor Perry was selling =Oslo, a street newspaper, on Market Street, near the government quarter when the bomb exploded July 22. He recalled his story in a July 22 edition of the paper.
“I stood in the middle of the street selling magazines when it happened. I realized straight away that a bomb had gone off. Glass from the windows of surrounding buildings shattered and I threw myself to the ground. Most of the glass fell down between the buildings and on the street where I stood. I got a few cuts in my legs.
“When I got up from the ground I had a buzz in my ears. The smell of smoke and blood was intense. There were lots of people around me and everyone reacted differently to what happened. Some laughed, some cried, some screamed, some walked around apathetic.
“I saw two people who stood on the pavement where a lot of glass had fallen down. One of them was a woman, she had a deep wound in her stomach and I could see her intestines. Another person had his legs severely cut. I was not sure if they were alive. Many people gathered around them to help.
“A person sitting at a terrace outside a restaurant looked straight at me, but without blinking. Then I saw that he had a big piece of glass sticking out of his head. I thought, ‘Oh my God, I look straight at a body that looks right back at me!’
“My reaction to it all was confused, and the first thing that came out of my mouth was: ‘Buy =Oslo, purchase =Oslo.’ But then, straight away, I thought to myself: ‘What am I doing? Put away those magazines and see if there is anything I can do to help!’
“When I went out later in the evening to eat, I was denied food because they thought I was full of drugs. But I was just in shock.
“I realized there might be people that I could help. I went up to the government building and walked around the city for three hours, but it felt like 10 minutes. When I came home, the people I live with saw that I was very much affected by it all. I’ve seen dead people before, and people that are shot, but this has made a much greater impression on me than anything I have experienced.
“I have not received emergency assistance, but I have talked about it to many people and that helps. I actually dreamed about it last night.
“My hope is that life in Norway will continue and that the city does not stop. I think all the attention the killer gets is deplorable, I think he enjoys it.
“I am left with a feeling of emptiness. The worst part was that I could not do anything during those three hours I walked around the city. I did not participate in the ceremony on Monday. I have cried my tears….”
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