One Year Anniversary of Sewol Ferry Tragedy in Pictures

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The Past Year ‘Frozen in Time’ for Grieving Families of Sewol Victims

Intern reporter Han Seol, designer Chui Jin-mo, designer Lee Eun-joo, designer Bang Eun-yeong. It’s been a year since the April 16, 2014 sinking of the Sewol ferry where 304 people lost their lives. Nine people are still missing and have yet to be recovered from the frosty ocean. Tears, waiting, sadness, anger…time has stopped for grieving families this past year. These pictures reflect the past year for families of the Sewol ferry disaster.

April 16, 2014 Grieving families of the Sewol tragedy Still living the day

April 16, 2014
Grieving families of the Sewol tragedy still living the day

April 16, 2014 Day of Sewol ferry tragedy. Parents gather at Danwon high school upon hearing the news.

April 16, 2014
Day of Sewol ferry tragedy.
Parents gather at Danwon high school upon hearing the news.

April 16, 2014 Day of Sewol ferry tragedy. Rushing to Paengmok Harbor in Jindo.

April 16, 2014
Day of Sewol ferry tragedy.
Rushing to Paengmok Harbor in Jindo.

April 16, 2014 Day of Sewol ferry tragedy. "Is my child's name here?" Examining list of those rescued.

April 16, 2014
Day of Sewol ferry tragedy.
“Is my child’s name here?” Examining list of those rescued.

April 16, 2014 Day of Sewol ferry tragedy. Sitting at Paengmok Harbor waiting dispiritedly.

April 16, 2014
Day of Sewol ferry tragedy.
Sitting at Paengmok Harbor waiting dispiritedly.

April 17, 2014 Begging those involved on their knees to quickly rescue the victims

April 17, 2014
Begging those involved on their knees to quickly rescue the victims

April 17, 2014 Pleading with and protesting to President Park Geun-hye

April 17, 2014
Pleading with and protesting to President Park Geun-hye.

April 18, 2014 Praying that the victims will return safely.

April 18, 2014
Praying that the victims will return safely.

April 18, 2014 Devastated mothers sobbing, and waiting for news of rescue.

April 18, 2014
Devastated mothers sobbing, and waiting for news of rescue.

April 20, 2014 Families of the missing victims head to the Blue House. Blocked by police, they drop to the ground.

April 20, 2014
Families of the missing victims head to the Blue House. Blocked by police, they drop to the ground.

April 21, 2014 Families of the missing victims board a guard ship heading towards the location of the incident.

April 21, 2014
Families of the missing victims board a guard ship heading towards the location of the incident.

May 1, 2014 Grieving families protest in front of Danwon High School. Grief turns to anger.

May 1, 2014
Grieving families protest in front of Danwon High School. Grief turns to anger.

May 1, 2014 Grieving families and families of the missing victims console one another.

May 1, 2014
Grieving families and families of the missing victims console one another.

May 3, 2014 Meeting mourners in front of the group memorial altar in Ansan holding picket signs demanding an "independent fact-finding commission."

May 3, 2014
Meeting mourners in front of the group memorial altar in Ansan holding picket signs demanding an “independent fact-finding commission.”

May 5, 2014 Families demand the government take responsibility for a "truth finding commission" and holding silent vigil.

May 5, 2014
Families demand the government take responsibility for a “truth finding commission” and holding silent vigil.

May 8, 2014 Heading to the KBS newsroom to demand a face-to-face conversation with Reporter Kim Shi-gon over his callous remarks.

May 8, 2014
Heading to the KBS newsroom to demand a face-to-face conversation with Reporter Kim Shi-gon over his callous remarks.

May 9, 2014 Families gather in front of Blue House after President Park refuses to meet with them.

May 9, 2014
Families gather in front of Blue House after President Park refuses to meet with them.

May 28, 2014 In front of the National Assembly, appealing tearfully to opposing parties to launch a government investigation.

May 28, 2014
In front of the National Assembly, appealing tearfully to opposing parties to launch a government investigation.

June 3, 2014 Attending the 49th day memorial ceremony for the 21 victims. Young girl wipes away her mother's tears.

June 3, 2014
Attending the 49th day memorial ceremony for the 21 victims. Young girl wipes away her mother’s tears.

June 10, 2014 Families hold picket protest in front of the Gwangju court where Captain Lee Joon-seok and 15 other crew members are on trial.

June 10, 2014
Families hold picket protest in front of the Gwangju court where Captain Lee Joon-seok and 15 other crew members are on trial.

All-night sit-in protest in front of the National Assembly.

All-night sit-in protest in front of the National Assembly.

July 14, 2014 Families start hunger strike in Gwanghwamun Square.

July 14, 2014
Families start hunger strike in Gwanghwamun Square.

July 14, 2014 Writing messages on yellow cloth.

July 14, 2014
Writing messages on yellow cloth.

July 15, 2014 Wave of people holding yellow umbrellas march towards National Assembly to give them boxes containing more than 3.5 million signatures.

July 15, 2014
Wave of people holding yellow umbrellas march towards National Assembly to give them boxes containing more than 3.5 million signatures.

July 19, 2014 Yellow umbrellas fill Gwanghwamun Square at the "Rally to Establish the April 16 Sewol Special Law."

July 19, 2014
Yellow umbrellas fill Gwanghwamun Square at the “Rally to Establish the April 16 Sewol Special Law.”

July 22, 2014 Yellow pinwheels with heartfelt messages written on them spin in front of the hunger strike tent in Gwanghwamun square.

July 22, 2014
Yellow pinwheels with heartfelt messages written on them spin in front of the hunger strike tent in Gwanghwamun square.

Stroking photo of deceased victims before departing on a walking demonstration,

Stroking photo of deceased victims before departing on a walking demonstration,

Families march the day prior to the 100th day since the Sewol tragedy.

Families march the day prior to the 100th day since the Sewol tragedy.

July 24, 2014 The 100th day since the Sewol tragedy. Citizens clap consolingly for families, who head for Seoul Plaza.

July 24, 2014
The 100th day since the Sewol tragedy. Citizens clap consolingly for families, who head for Seoul Plaza.

July 25, 2014 Families march towards the Blue House to demand the "Establishment of a Special Sewol Act," but are blocked by police.

July 25, 2014
Families march towards the Blue House to demand the “Establishment of a Special Sewol Act,” but are blocked by police.

August 4, 2014 Families clutch yellow pinwheels in their hands during the press interview.

August 4, 2014
Families clutch yellow pinwheels in their hands during the press interview.

August 8, 2014 Dropping to the ground in front of the National Assembly and gazing at their children's photos after police block their entrance.

August 8, 2014
Dropping to the ground in front of the National Assembly and gazing at their children’s photos after police block their entrance.

August 11, 2014 Yoomin's father on his 29th day of hunger strike.

August 11, 2014
Yoomin’s father on his 29th day of hunger strike.

August 13, 2014 Demanding again to speak face-to-face with President Park.

August 13, 2014
Demanding again to speak face-to-face with President Park.

August 16, 2014 Pope Francis comforts grieving families.

August 16, 2014
Pope Francis comforts grieving families.

August 19, 2014 Watching the trial of the Sewol ferry crew members.

August 19, 2014
Watching the trial of the Sewol ferry crew members.

August 24, 2014 Throwing yellow paper airplanes at the Blue House.

August 24, 2014
Throwing yellow paper airplanes at the Blue House.

August 26, 2014 Families demand answers from the Blue House, sleeping in the open in front of the National Assembly, and conducting sit-in demonstrations.

August 26, 2014
Families demand answers from the Blue House, sleeping in the open in front of the National Assembly, and conducting sit-in demonstrations.

September 2, 2014 Conducting "three steps, one bow" pilgrimage walk to Blue House carrying 4 million signatures.

September 2, 2014
Conducting “three steps, one bow” pilgrimage walk to Blue House carrying 4 million signatures.

September 5, 2014 On the 15th day of the sit-in demonstrations, families make yellow ribbons ahead of Chuseok.

September 5, 2014
On the 15th day of the sit-in demonstrations, families make yellow ribbons ahead of Chuseok.

September 29, 2014 Carrying deceased victims' portraits from the group memorial altar in Ansan to Incheon.

September 29, 2014
Carrying deceased victims’ portraits from the group memorial altar in Ansan to Incheon.

October 1, 2014 Sit-in demonstrations continue as families reject a special Sewol act negotiated by both parties.

October 1, 2014
Sit-in demonstrations continue as families reject a special Sewol act negotiated by both parties.

October 29, 2014 President Park and members of the National Assembly pass by a picket demonstration by the grieving families.

October 29, 2014
President Park and members of the National Assembly pass by a picket demonstration by the grieving families.

November 1, 2014 Families hold a memorial ceremony on the 200th day since the Sewol tragedy, and wipe their tears as they listen to the memorial address.

November 1, 2014
Families hold a memorial ceremony on the 200th day since the Sewol tragedy, and wipe their tears as they listen to the memorial address.

November 5, 2014 The 76th day of waiting in front of the Blue House.

November 5, 2014
The 76th day of waiting in front of the Blue House.

November 7, 2014 Tears at the passing of the "Sewol Special Act."

November 7, 2014
Tears at the passing of the “Sewol Special Act.”

December 25, 2014 At a Christmas Day worship praying that the truth will be uncovered.

December 25, 2014
At a Christmas Day worship praying that the truth will be uncovered.

December 27, 2014 Sobbing as they lay wreaths at a joint send off ceremony for the deceased victims.

December 27, 2014
Sobbing as they lay wreaths at a joint send off ceremony for the deceased victims.

January 1, 2015 Families prepare

January 1, 2015
Families prepare “mom’s meals” to bring in the new year. [There is a seat for President Park in the picture.]

The city of Seoul notified families of their plan to remove 13 tents in Gwanghwamun square.

The city of Seoul notified families of their plan to remove 13 tents in Gwanghwamun square.

February 5, 2015 March towards Ansan's Paengmok Harbor to demand a truth finding investigation and salvaging the ship.

February 5, 2015
March towards Ansan’s Paengmok Harbor to demand a truth finding investigation and salvaging the ship.

March 29, 2015 Families conduct walking march with "three steps, one bow."

March 29, 2015
Families conduct walking march with “three steps, one bow.”

March 30, 2015 Proclamation to hold a 416 hour sit-in to demand abolishing the enforcement ordinance and recover the Sewol ferry, march towards the Blue House.

March 30, 2015
Proclamation to hold a 416 hour sit-in to demand abolishing the enforcement ordinance and recover the Sewol ferry, march towards the Blue House.

April 2, 2015 Tears flow as family members shave their heads to demand a truth finding investigation and recovery of the ship.

April 2, 2015
Tears flow as family members shave their heads to demand a truth finding investigation and recovery of the ship.

April 5, 2015 Family members wear mourning clothes as they walk towards Gwanghwamun carrying photos of the deceased victims.

April 5, 2015
Family members wear mourning clothes as they walk towards Gwanghwamun carrying photos of the deceased victims.

April 11, 2015 After a memorial rally, families march towards the Blue House but are again stopped by police.

April 11, 2015
After a memorial rally, families march towards the Blue House but are again stopped by police.

April 15, 2015 The day before the anniversary of the Sewol tragedy, families look for the place the Sewol sank.

April 15, 2015
The day before the anniversary of the Sewol tragedy, families look for the place the Sewol sank.

Comments from Naver:

erp1****

Please remember the divers who passed away during the rescue operation, too!!

5281**** [Responding to above]

Why did your good comment get so many down votes? Rest in peace, divers.

kuns**** [Responding to above]

Keke, you wonder why the comment received so many down votes? Because lefty zombie bastards oppose anything that distracts attention from the Sewol victims’ families, keke. The death of divers is a negative factor for the families, keke. Can’t you see that? You can see how hypocritical and selfish they are and they still want attention? What attention when they distinguish Danwon high school students from other victims in the accident? They can have their own protests. It’s their business. This is not just my opinion. A lot of people have already turned their back on the families. Let’s see the reality, please.

aqua**** [Responding to above]

Who would down vote the comment because they don’t feel sad about the divers’ sacrifice? It is because guys like you use their sacrifice to mock the families. Don’t taint their honor and humiliate the dead. Your sarcastic tone makes me want to vomit.

scws**** [Responding to above]

Who’s mocking? You guys want to reveal the truth. People wholeheartedly agree. An accident like that should never happen again. So you can’t accept the truth that has been revealed so far? What is the truth you want? Do you think something new will come out if you do a special investigation? Sure, let’s do it. So what was the problem? The ship was flawed and the coast guard made a mistake. What else? Do you want more compensation money? Please, what is the truth you speak of?

wate****

Their tears haven’t dried yet… Time nonchalantly flies. The families were busy going everywhere and trying to reveal the truth. But nothing has gotten better for us. Pathetic, pitiful, sad, outrageous… At least today, I hate being Korean.

mjc0**** [Responding to above]

Just what kind of truth are you talking about…? The families should refrain themselves. Do they think the Blue House is their own living room? They make unreasonable requests and spread conspiracy theories. Why would Park Geun-hye meet them? They also curse out the police who announced in advance that they would block the families’ [entrance]. They say nonsensical things like the Sewol ferry collided with a submarine or the ship belongs to the National Intelligence Service… The families brawled at a pub and didn’t show up at the divers’ funerals. They are like little children…tsk.

ssa2****

9 missing passengers are still in the cold water after 1 year. Negligent accidents still happen. Nothing has changed. I won’t forget until the day when the truth is revealed.

90fk**** [Responding to above]

But the cause and effect have already been revealed? When the navigator veered 5 degrees consecutively, the aged ship’s ballast water didn’t function properly and the cargo made the ship tilt. It was all about the ship’s performance problems. What more do you want to suck out of our tax money?

kmsw****

I won’t forget the families of the victims of Sampoong department store’s collapse and Daegu subway accident and the fallen soldiers of the Yeonpyeong skirmish, bombardment of Yeonpyeong, and Cheonan sinking by North Koreans, I will remember them forever.

pyj0**** [Responding to above]

They were all equally sad incidents. Why are there protests only for the Sewol accident? Why do we have to make a special law for it? Why do you have to mourn for this long? The families beat up people and stood above the law. They call on the President as they please. Why are they so different from other victims’ families?

dlwj****

What have we done for a year up the point the families shaved their heads? How useless of neighbors have we been for them? From now on, more people should act together and support them until the truth is revealed.

hur0****

One year has passed since the accident. What are we doing now? What has the government done? I’m not trying to criticize someone. We are at a point where we have to think about it. Such accidents can happen to us, too.

ejoo****

I can’t understand the logic of the comments that follow around these articles about the families. They get more attention because most of the victims were Danwon high school students. Nobody stole the attention from the divers, non-student victims, or the harbor’s residents. Why would you try to create a critical viewpoint against them who inevitably got more attention and expressed their voice more actively? Why would you even bring up the Cheonan sinking here and relentlessly comment? I know full well that you guys are paid commenters. Even so, listen to your own conscience!!

ghwl**** [Responding to above]

Kekeke, isn’t it bad business ethics for a paid commenter to accuse others of being paid commenters, you supporters of the Sewol Party’s noble families? I would be understanding of your attempt to manipulate comment sections but now you are accusing others of being paid commenters? Keke You guys have no conscience, kekeke

wear****

One year has passed nonchalantly. What have we gained after the big sacrifice? It seems there are more bad things than good things. My heart aches. Find strength, families. Soon the truth will be salvaged.

Khaled Norhane

Who can stop time? The families’ time has stopped. The missing people’s time has stopped, too. Someone stopped their time. Even if you can’t turn back their time, you shouldn’t stop their time. Let time flow by revealing the truth…

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  • guest

    In review, the sinking of the Sewol was a clusterfuck that was actually long time in coming – after the accident, a sister ferry was found to be similarly overloaded – they have been overloading for so long – and it’s been overlooked, until a bunch of people died for it. Whoever should have been in charge was cheap/lazy enough to have immoral incompetent staff at the hand – a coward like the captain should have been kicked out early.

    What other accidents are waiting to happen in Korea now? Safety procedures ignored, ‘it’s no big deal’ – not until a bunch of people have to die again.

  • Alex

    What makes me more sick about Korea is that most Koreans show a blind and hypocrite nationalism when it is used against Japan or critics on their country, but when it is for their compatriots they fricking lack a sense of empathy. When I see coments like those critizicing the families my hope and appreciation for this country diminishes alarmingly.

    • bumfromkorea

      This might surprise you, but Koreans are composed of many different people with various interests and opinions. Please do not merge the Ilbe insects into the ambiguous “Koreans”; that would be the logical equivalent of using the words of the Westboro Baptist Church to condemn “Americans” for their extreme homophobia and Christian fanaticism.

      • Sillian

        Hey, bum. Are you aware of any decent and sizable website for Korean conservatives? I remember it was very hard for anyone who didn’t agree to voice out against the ‘mad cow disease’ protesters back in the day. I think something like Ilbe minus pointless crazy antics is in fact very much needed to balance things out.

        • bumfromkorea

          Unfortunately, the politics (especially the online versions) in South Korea are incredibly polarized. The next less batshit insane conservative group online after Ilbe insects would be Byun Hee Jae’s bunch, who are basically the equivalent of the craziest of the craziest Tea Party people (think Ted Nugent, but more vulgar and extremist. Yes. More.).

          I guess some of the “gall”s at DC Inside? But DC Inside itself is an amalgam of multiple different groups with distinct differences, so the website itself isn’t “conservative”. In fact, Ilbe originated from DC Inside (you’ll notice the similar web page design). Ilbe, or “Daily Best”, was originally a page at DC Inside collecting the ‘Daily Best Posts’.

      • Xman2014

        The comments are from Naver, not Ilbe.

        • bumfromkorea

          Yes, just as your comments here are from Koreabang and not Ilbe.

    • Sillian

      Maybe, just maybe, Koreans have diverse opinions?

    • Dark Night

      Why are you comparing two issues that are completely different in nature. One was a crime the other was an accident. You can’t expect the general public from feeling disgusted when major tragedies like this are being used for political gains from the leftist.

  • k.ftw

    KB, thank you for posting this.

  • Srly most of the commenters are sick. Why should the families forget this when there are still students missing?

    • Xman2014

      There wouldn’t be such hostility if the families had just remembered their loss in peace and calling for solidarity. They could have campaigned for change in policies by raising awareness. Instead they shave their heads, protesting forever, and have become publicly hostile with rhetorics. They also don’t mind that their supporters (not the families) burn South Korean flags, and riot violently, calling for a violent revolution and overthrow of the South Korean government. The families should have condemned the left leaning agitating groups who were trying to use this for political. The families should have distanced themselves from these radical groups as much as possible.

    • bumfromkorea

      You can’t expect basic human decency from human beings who voluntarily gave up their humanity. As evidenced by the comment just below mine, these Ilbe insects actually feel justified in attacking these families.

      They’ve been doing this since the actual tragedy 1 year ago. It is not at all surprising that they will continue to do so.

      • Is horrible =/

        • bumfromkorea

          It is horrible. If it’s any comfort, these “people” are in the extreme minority (probably in the tens of thousands at most). And there’s a gigantic social stigma of being an Ilbe insect in Korean society – so much so that Koreans refer to someone being revealed as an Ilbe insect as being “outted” (of the Ilbe closet, as opposed to the gay closet).

  • SorayaVonDerAlm

    those comments make me sick

  • goldengluvsk2

    they forgot the picture of the tacky people that decided to eat infront of the families in hunger strike… in a way, its better they didnt include them even tho I bet those kind of people are the ones who commented that ,after been ignored since day 1, they do not understand why the families has been desperately protesting, marching and shaving their heads…
    Its sad that all these people died and things are probably the same… the same old ships are overloaded and would continue to be like that since no one is competent enough to do something about it

  • suppertime

    In aviation safety Korean gov’t is forced, kicking and screaming, to implement international standards. But it turned out there is effectively no maritime safety regulation. The gov’t specifically allowed dangerous conditions and at the shipowners’ request mandated the poor students to go by boat at many times the cost of a plane ticket. The crew and coast guard had no training in safety and rescue. Instead of fixing these things, people have decided to make this a political catfight, so it’s still business as usual.

  • BSDetector

    Pre-Sewol Korea was a bad place to get around. People drove like crazed lunatics with no concern for others, uneducated and lazy taxi drivers ruled the streets with gang efficiency backed up by their equally inept bus driver affiliates. 112 year old men and women would drag overloaded homemade trash carts down 6-lane roads in the middle of the day. Delivery men who couldn’t make the taxi/bus driver grade would wildly swerve along the sidewalks or go the wrong direction on one-way streets. Pedestrians with their noses shoved up against their latest Samsung or Apple device wouldn’t see a thing until it was too late! Eomoh! Eomoh!

    Thankfully the sacrifice of the victims of the Sewol have changed all of this and people drive responsibly, the average Korean shows sufficient situational awareness required when negotiating the streets of a mega-city. The government has began to reform the Chaebol system and stuffing pockets with bribes have become a thing of the past, they now focus on ensuring things are done responsibly and efficiently. Koreans on the whole have realized that the days of “doing dumb sh*t” have come to a close and things like 16 people dying from falling through a sewer grate just to get a glimpse of the latest K-Poop slave act, 10 people dying from cutting corners on a roof, 100+ car pileups on the bridge to Incheon Airp…. oh wait…

    Except nothing has changed! I’m still the a-hole when I have the nerve to yell at Ajeoshi for not stopping at the T-intersection and almost hitting me. I’m still the a-hole for telling people to “Pay attention and get off your phone!”. These people won’t learn, if 300 deaths aren’t enough then what is? While the Sewol was going down I could go to any random corner in Korea and witness in the span of 5 minutes around 25 major traffic violations, every Korean is a Sewol Captain, every f’ing one of them. F this country.

    F
    This
    Country

    • That’s marvelous

      Corruption is just a reason to become more corrupt yourself so you can beat them, right?

      It will take many years and many disasters to fix this society. Koreans seem to prefer running with the rest of the lemming pack, rather than stand still for a moment and wondering where the hell they are going. Afraid they will fall behind and get judged by their peers.

  • insane blood

    Something terribly wrong with these people.

  • insane blood
  • Monster Here

    i don’t know why but i have a feeling that 9 missing people is still stuck in the ship that sunk deep in the water… why can’t they take the ship out of water asap its been a year already!

  • Neobooper

    Lucky there is no Chinese on the boat

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