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April 2016

Sewol Families Visiting Europe

On 16th April 2014 the South Korean passenger ferry MV Sewol sank en route to Jeju Island, taking the lives of 304 people, mostly high school children.  As the Korean public watched live pictures of the ship dangerously listed and slowly sinking,  authorities responsible for rescue acted with confusion and inertia.  An inexplicable announcement through news media that all passengers had been rescued set the tone for ineptitude that has characterised the handling of one of South Korea’s biggest disasters.

The parents and campaigners visiting Europe between 3 and 15 May 2016 hope to reach as many people as possible to highlight their struggle for truth.   Continue reading “Sewol Families Visiting Europe”

Sewol Families Visiting Europe – Event in Bochum, Germany

Sewol families visiting Europe to increase awareness of the Sewol disaster globally; to learn from similar disasters that happened in Europe and other victims’ searches for truth.

As part of this visit, they will attend the second anniversary event at 3pm on 5 May 2016 in Bochum, Germany organised by the group remembering the Sewol disaster in NRW area. This group has been actively organising various events on this issue for the last two years.  Continue reading “Sewol Families Visiting Europe – Event in Bochum, Germany”

Sewol Families Visiting Europe – Three Events in London

On 16th April 2014 the South Korean passenger ferry MV Sewol sank en route to Jeju Island, taking the lives of 304 people, mostly high school children.  As the Korean public watched live pictures of the ship dangerously listed and slowly sinking,  authorities responsible for rescue acted with confusion and inertia.  An inexplicable announcement through news media that all passengers had been rescued set the tone for ineptitude that has characterised the handling of one of South Korea’s biggest disasters.

The captain and some crew members, mostly untrained temporary contract workers, were found to be criminally negligent.  However, no one has been prosecuted for the catastrophic overloading of unsecured cargo that almost certainly caused the disaster or the failure to launch a proper emergency rescue.  Two years on, families are still calling for a meaningful inquiry into the disaster.  Stories in South Korean press have emerged discrediting Sewol families as greedy and even ‘North Korean sympathisers’.  Such distortions and an apparent denial of truth and justice have strong echoes of the Hillsborough stadium disaster in the UK.   Continue reading “Sewol Families Visiting Europe – Three Events in London”

2nd Anniversary of Sewol Disaster event in Berlin

Sewol Berlin has organised a screening of “Upside Down” documentary followed by a Q & A session with parents of two student-victims and activists from the coalition 4.16 on the Sewol Ferry Disaster.

Date & time:  06. May 2016, 19.00
Venue: Werkstatt der Kulturen, Wissmannstraße 32, 12049 Berlin
Admission is free, but please register at mail@koreaverband.de

Further details are available at the Sewol Belin blog.

 

Parents of student-vicitims visiting Europe

Two parents of two student-victims with two campaign co-ordinators, are touring Europe in May to increase awareness of the Sewol disaster, to learn from similar disasters that happened in Europe and other victims’ searches for truth. As part of this visit, they will be visiting the UK between 10 and 12 May 2016.  Continue reading “Parents of student-vicitims visiting Europe”

On 16th April 2016, people gathered to mark the second anniversary of the Sewol Ferry disaster outside the National Gallery

Free Screening of “Cruel State”

▶ 장르(Genre) : 다큐멘터리(Documentary)
▶ 감독(Director) : 김진열(Kim Jin-yeol)
▶ 줄거리(Synopsis) : 2014년 4월, 진도 앞바다에서 생중계된 세월호 침몰사건은 304명의 희생자가 속해 있는 가족들에게 평생 지고 가야 할 상처를 안겨줬다. 그 중에서도 단원고 학생들의 유가족들은 자식 잃은 슬픔을 가눌 틈도 없이 국회에서, 광화문에서, 대통령이 있는 청와대 앞에서 노숙 투쟁을 해야만 했는데…(In April 2014, the live feed of the Sewol Ferry that sunk in the seas of Jindo resulted in 304 casualties and hurt the families of the deceased who didn’t even having the time to mourn over the death of their children because they spent nights on the street in front of the Parliament, Gwanghwa-mun and the Blue House.) Continue reading “Free Screening of “Cruel State””

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