The haunting news of the Norwegian fundamentalist Christian terrorist, Anders Behring Breivik, gunning down and killing 68 people at an island summer camp is still fresh in many peoples’ minds. Recently, out of that tragedy, a heroic story of a married lesbian couple who bravely saved the lives of 40 teens is beginning to quietly emerge.
The Finnish capital city’s largest daily newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat, published this account (translated from Finnish):
Hege Dalen and her spouse, Toril Hansen were near Utöyan having dinner on the opposite shore across from the ill-fated campsite, when they began to hear gunfire and screaming on the island.
“We were eating. Then shooting and then the awful screaming. We saw how the young people ran in panic into the lake,” says Dale to HS in an interview.
The couple immediately took action and pushed the boat into Lake Tyrifjorden.
Dalen and Hansen drove the boat to the island, picked up from the water victims in shock in, the young and wounded, and transported them to the opposite shore to the mainland. Between runs they saw that the bullets had hit the right side of the boat.
Since there were so many and not all fit at once aboard, they returned to the island four times.
They were able to rescue 40 young people from the clutches of the killer.
“We did not sleep last night at all. Today, we have been together and talked about the events,” Dalen said.
The International Business Times and other blogs have asked about why there hasn’t been more main stream press about this heroic couple. Talk About Equality blog has asks, “If a married lesbian couple saves 40 teens from the Norway Massacre and no one writes about it, did it really happen?”
Well, blogosphere, we at Queerty will happily take you up on that challenge. Glad to post about it.
Now, readers, you do your part to spread the word about this deserving couple!