The Second Anniversary of Sewol Ferry Tragedy
Sewol Ferry Disaster occurred on April 16th, 2014. 304 people lost their lives while the whole nation watched in disbelief. Still there are 9 missing victims who may lie under the cold water. It has been two years that time has stopped since that fatal moment of April 16th because the cause of the accident hasn't been revealed and the questions on why the government failed to rescue anyone and whether there were proper attempts to rescue survivors haven't been answered.
On that fatal day, Sewol Ferry sank along with 304 lives. At the bridge where the captain and the crew had abandoned their passengers, the instrument panel had stopped on the April 16th. The gears were stopped. Because the captain commanded everyone to stay still, the students waited for their rescue. Soon water filled in and the students never managed to climb up those stairs to safety. Coast Guard was there just on the other side of the railings but they failed to rescue not even one.
After the last search attempt, Sewol Ferry was sealed off. Families of the 9 missing victims still believe that the bodies of their loved ones are buried inside the sunken vessel. Victims' families claim that the search efforts by rescue authorities were improper. President Park had made a series of promises that the search would continue until all missing bodies were found. Words and promises from Park's administration haven't been kept and are intentionally avoided.
In 2014, Korean vowed not to forget the Sewol Ferry and to reveal the truth and to call responsible persons to account. They made a resolution that the same kind of accidents would never occur again. And there was no difference of opinion that this was the least they should do for those who lost their lives in the tragedy.
However, the Sewol Ferry turned into money issues after one year, by Park's administration. Some people say that it costs too much money to retrieve the ferry. And other people even demand not to talk about the incident because the bereaved families already received enough compensations. Some even say that they are fed up with the Sewol Ferry issues.
The hard learned lessons that money and greed begot the disaster and the governmental incompetence magnified the disaster seemed to be forgotten. However, the unchanging truth is that our society cannot improve without investigation in full all details surrounding the incident. The hull of the sunken ferry is the most important evidence to learn the truth about the incident. And the retrieval of the ferry is the last hope to recover the lost bodies.
Victims' families say that they don't need money, compensation, nor trauma therapy. They just need the truth. That's all they want from Park's administration. The world including The TOME hope and firmly request that Park's administration will bring the truth to light and satisfy the demands of the bereaved families without delay, further trickery and partisan considerations.