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Survivor of Breivik massacre calls scars 'the price for democracy'

A girl who at 14 survived Anders Behring Breivik's shooting massacre on Utoeya island last year showed her large scars to an Oslo court in the Norway killer's trial.

OSLO // A girl who at 14 survived Anders Behring Breivik's shooting massacre on Utoeya island last year showed her large scars to an Oslo court yesterday, describing them as her dues to democracy.

"I am not afraid to show my scars," Ylva Helene Schwenke said, revealing a large red mark at the base of her neck. "I feel like it's a kind of victory. We have paid the price for democracy and we have won."

On July 22, Breivik, 33, a right-wing extremist, first bombed a government building in Oslo, killing eight people, before going on a shooting rampage on Utoeya island, where the ruling Labour Party's youth wing was hosting a summer camp.

Sixty-nine people died on the island, most of them teenagers.

Shot in the throat, the stomach and both thighs, Ylva recalled how she had thought she was going to die on Utoeya.

"I have seen films where people die from one bullet. So with four, I thought that it was impossible to survive," she told the court on the 23rd day of the 10-week trial.

"Lying on the ground, I waited for the light or the darkness, whatever happens when you die."

Ylva drew laughs when she told the court that her grades had improved since the attack since she has been exempted from gym class.