The Sewol Ferry Tragedy

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The Sewol ferry tragedy as according to The New York Times in “Ferry Disaster in South Korea: A Year Later”, refers to the incident regarding the Sewol ferry which left Incheon for Jeju Island with a total of 476 passengers and crew, 325 of which were high school students on a school trip. The incident occurred the next morning on April 16 near Jindo as the ship began to tilt at dangerous angles and multiple distress calls were made. However, coast guards only began to arrive forty minutes after the vessel began sinking. The Sewol ferry sank completely after two and a half hours, with most of its passengers eventually found dead.
In total 304 lives, most of which were of high school students, were lost in the tragedy. This led officials,
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Every effort made by the relatives to further their cause was highlighted by their perseverance and dedication, and the fact that many of these relatives were parents of the victims, further emphasized the antagonistic role of the government as indifferent to its citizen’s suffering and as a breaker of families. The government and politicians as represented in the film seemed to be only interested in the tragedy for its political worth, and used their interactions with the family members to further their own political agendas. They were also portrayed to lack sincerity and genuine understanding despite sounding empathetic through …show more content…
To represent all lives that were lost, the memorial will include 304 (the number of people who died) metal boats. Multiple molds of the boats with slight variations in shape will be made in order to avoid a sense of uniformity, which may unintentionally erase each victim’s own unique history. To incorporate the families in the design and construction process, each victim’s family will have the opportunity to inscribe the name of the victim on one side, and a short message on the other side in a clay mold for the boat, which will later be casted in bronze before being put on display. The boats will be arranged in an organic fluid shape representing the moving tides of the non-apparent ocean beneath

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