First Anniversary of Sewol Ferry Tragedy

By lunaradmin - Apr 16, 2015      
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April 16, 2015 marks the first anniversary of South Korea’s Sewol ferry tragedy that killed 304 people. 250 of the victims were Danwon High School students on the way to a trip to Jeju Island. 9 bodies are still missing. The memorial service was held at a port in Jindo Island where the ship sank off, as well as across the country. President Park Geun-hye gave a speech, promising the salvage of the Sewol Ferry that will cost about $110 million. The government’s lack of action and unruly planning have caused the mistrust among the victim’s families as well as the citizens. “Families of the missing, who have camped in makeshift homes at Jindo Harbor since the accident, vacated the spot upon hearing of the president’s planned visit, in an apparent show of protest,” said The Korea Herald. They also accused Ms. Park of neglecting the independent investigation requests.

People throughout the country wore yellow mourning ribbons, and Korean singers hosted memorial podcasts. Thousands gathered in Ansan, where Danwon High School was. Current students of the school gathered in a white tent and sobbed.

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