Kim Young-oh, the father of a Sewol ferry victim, went on a hunger strike for 46 days, emerging as a new icon in the fight against increasing repression in South Korea. In April, 2014, Kim holds his late daughter Yu-min's portrait in protest of the government's attempt to neutralize the independent investigation into the its handling of the disaster.
Kim Young-oh, the father of a Sewol ferry victim, went on a hunger strike for 46 days, emerging as a new icon in the fight against increasing repression in South Korea. In April, 2014, Kim holds his late daughter Yu-min's portrait in protest of the government's attempt to neutralize the independent investigation into the its handling of the disaster.
A Sewol victim's mother is pushed aside by a wall of police conscripts. As time passed and the public grew apathetic, the bereaved families' protests were brutally suppressed by police.
A Sewol victim's mother is pushed aside by a wall of police conscripts. As time passed and the public grew apathetic, the bereaved families' protests were brutally suppressed by police.
Jindo: a lone buddhist monk prays for the victims at a make-shift shrine.
Jindo: a lone buddhist monk prays for the victims at a make-shift shrine.
Parents of the children who died on the Sewol shave their heads and set out on a two-day march in protest at the government undermining the independence of the investigation committee to look into the disaster.
Parents of the children who died on the Sewol shave their heads and set out on a two-day march in protest at the government undermining the independence of the investigation committee to look into the disaster.
A mother stands in front of the police line in solidarity with Sewol families during a protest around the one year anniversary.
A mother stands in front of the police line in solidarity with Sewol families during a protest around the one year anniversary.
Time stands still at classrooms once occupied by the Sewol student victims. Flowers, treats and mementos are laid on the writing desks of the victims. Empty desks belong to survivors. Out of 325 students onboard, only 75 escaped the capsizing ferry and no one else was rescued.
Time stands still at classrooms once occupied by the Sewol student victims. Flowers, treats and mementos are laid on the writing desks of the victims. Empty desks belong to survivors. Out of 325 students onboard, only 75 escaped the capsizing ferry and no one else was rescued.
Day 31, Jindo Gymnasium. The gymnasium served as an emergency shelter for the bereaved family members for 7 months. The search mission ended in November, and 9 passengers' bodies are yet to be recovered. Some likened the experience they had there to that of prison.
Day 31, Jindo Gymnasium. The gymnasium served as an emergency shelter for the bereaved family members for 7 months. The search mission ended in November, and 9 passengers' bodies are yet to be recovered. Some likened the experience they had there to that of prison.
A victim's mother and sister lean on each other just before the 2-day walk protest began.
A victim's mother and sister lean on each other just before the 2-day walk protest began.
On July 24, the 100th-day anniversary of the ferry disaster, some 20,000 people gather in City Hall Plaza to mourn and commemorate the Sewol victims.
On July 24, the 100th-day anniversary of the ferry disaster, some 20,000 people gather in City Hall Plaza to mourn and commemorate the Sewol victims.
At a Sewol student victim's posthumous art exhibition, a catholic nun carefully tends tribute notes left by visitors.
At a Sewol student victim's posthumous art exhibition, a catholic nun carefully tends tribute notes left by visitors.
A volunteer hugs a bereaved mother, as the Sewol families pull the protest tents from Cheongwun-dong near the Presidential Palace after 76 days. There was no gesture from the President's Office.
A volunteer hugs a bereaved mother, as the Sewol families pull the protest tents from Cheongwun-dong near the Presidential Palace after 76 days. There was no gesture from the President's Office.
After a therapeutic birthday gathering at a trauma center in Ansan, a Sewol victim Ju-hyun's father gently touches his nephew's head. Ju-hyun's cousins are too young to grasp the gravity and meaning of the gathering.
After a therapeutic birthday gathering at a trauma center in Ansan, a Sewol victim Ju-hyun's father gently touches his nephew's head. Ju-hyun's cousins are too young to grasp the gravity and meaning of the gathering.
"Happy birthday, my princess." Kim blows out birthday candles on Yu-min's birthday. Had she been alive, Yu-min would have turned 18 on Jan 14.
"Happy birthday, my princess." Kim blows out birthday candles on Yu-min's birthday. Had she been alive, Yu-min would have turned 18 on Jan 14.
Kim Hyun-dong, another father of a Sewol student victim Kim Da-young, looks pensively at mementos in his late daughter's room.
Kim Hyun-dong, another father of a Sewol student victim Kim Da-young, looks pensively at mementos in his late daughter's room.
Da-young's original student ID on the front was retrieved from the sunken ferry along with her other belongings. Sea water has corroded the metal chain. It alludes to a slow and painful death by drowning.
Da-young's original student ID on the front was retrieved from the sunken ferry along with her other belongings. Sea water has corroded the metal chain. It alludes to a slow and painful death by drowning.
Although it has been more than a year, Ju-hyun's younger brother Ju-young is still coping with the trauma inflicted by his brother's passing. The surviving families' PTSD has been prolonged and aggravated by what they call the government's inaction and foul-play.
Although it has been more than a year, Ju-hyun's younger brother Ju-young is still coping with the trauma inflicted by his brother's passing. The surviving families' PTSD has been prolonged and aggravated by what they call the government's inaction and foul-play.
Make-shift shrine at Paemok Port, Jindo.
Make-shift shrine at Paemok Port, Jindo.