South Korea is marking the first anniversary of one of the most tragic days in their history, the Sewol Ferry Disaster where more than 300 people lost their life, most of them were high school students from Danwon High School who were on a school trip to visit the island of Jeju.
I still remember that tragic day ike it was yesterday, I cried so much for them, and I can’t believe it has been already a year.
Families and relatives remember that day with lots of grieve and anger because even after a year they didn’t get a clear answer of why their children lost their lives.
Here are some facts, the sinking occurred on the morning of April 16th 2014, en-route from Incheon to Jeju. The Japanese-built South Korean ferry capsized while carrying 476 people, mostly secondary school students from Danwon High School stationed in Ansan. The ferry had sunk only a few hours after departing, taking with it the lives of 304 people.
Total of 174 people were rescued, mostly crew members and those who didn’t listen to the order to stay inside. A roar of outrage had escaped after news had come out that the captain had left the ferry as one of the first people to do so, also after giving staff the orders not to leave their stations. This resulted to be the biggest mistake and the worst thing he could have done.
The children on board had no other option but to believe to the ones who were there to take care of them. On May 15th 2014, the captain and three crew members were charged with murder, while the other 11 members of the crew were indicted for abandoning the ship.
On the anniversary South Korea’s president has vowed to raise the Sewol, bowing to a key demand from victims’ relatives as they marked the first anniversary of the ferry disaster: “I will take the necessary steps to salvage the ship at the earliest possible date“, but that news didn’t bring back the families of deceased trust as the disaster had caused them to lose the faith they had in their own country.
Inside the ferry the remains of 9 more people have yet to be found, we hope that one day the families can say goodbye to them properly.
In the mid of all memories Reuters photographer Kim Hong Ji got together with some of the families to photograph the rooms of the children they had lost. The parents have still kept the rooms intact and demand answers as to why and how this could have happened. One parent, Kim Youn Sil, is so upset with her country that she plans to move abroad if her eldest is alright with it. She is the mother of Jeong Cha Woong. You can read the whole article here.
We here at Officially KMusic bestow our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims.
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