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  • For those left behind, I wear a necklace with a colored heart of glass.
    For those being chased with heavy weapons on a small island outside Oslo, I do not take it off.
    For those forever marked, but incredibly clear and strong in their testemonies, I will keep this small piece of jewelery around my neck until the days of reckoning are over and the verdict is given.

    - I used my hands to cover my eyes, and when he shot me in my arms, I said to myself that this I can survive. Then a bullet smashed my jaw, I thought this is worse. When he finally fired his gun in my chest, I remember thinking this is fatal.

    Ina, the 22 year old girl gets up, smiles a little shyly and shows her naked arms to the judges. Anders Breivik, the Norwegian terrorist who killed 77 people on July 22 2011, most of them teenagers, looks at her without any facial gestures.

    Ina tells the press that she has named the two scars.
    - I call them the Unity scar and the Solidarity scar. Those are the most beautiful words I know.
    For her I wear my fragile heart.

    My hero used to be Pippi Longstocking who could lift her spotted horse above her head.
    Now my hero is Ylva (15), with a defect shoulder, weakened legs and massive damage to internal organs.

    - Are you hiding your scars, asks the prosecutor.
    - No, I am not afraid to show them, the tiny girl says. I look at them as a victory. They are the price for democracy – and I carry them with dignity.

    I carry my small, fragile heart for our young future.


    Read more about Ina Libak
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    Read more about 2011 Norway attacks
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