Entry Title: "Sewol: One Year Later"
Jun Michael Park,
Korea, Republic of
Category: Professional, Press
The sinking of the Sewol ferry in April, 2014, claimed 304 lives,
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250 of them students on a school field trip.
Though the first anniversary has passed, however, the official
investigation into the government's handling of the disaster has
yet to begin. There are lingering questions regarding the role of
the South Korean state, its authoritarian stance, the absence of the
leadership and the neglect of duties during and after the tragedy.
The scope of the disaster is so vast and the degree of injustice and
indignity the families have been suffering is grave. I have been
following the story for the past year and striving to tell their story
to a larger audience.
The victims' families' grieving has been prolonged by the lack of
investigation and by what they call the South Korean government's
neglect and foul play.
Sewol means passing of time in Korean. And the bereaved
families are still enduring the passing of time, while the South
Korean public become increasingly impatient and hostile towards