- Posted April 20, 2014 by
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[serious report from south korea]세월호 침몰 상황 제보
It has been a week of frustration, confusion, and grief. As of today, it has been four days since the Sewol ferry had sunk, trapping hundreds underneath. As a Korean, this accident will be remembered as one of the worst maritime accidents in the Korean history, not due to the number of casualties? which largely consisted of high school students? but because of the lack of transparency shown by the Korean government in its aftermath. I belong to one of Korea’s biggest internet communities and I wish to shed some light on the current situation in Korea. I represent, in this email, the majority’s view of the current crisis and hope that it gets publicized in whatever channel possible. Initially, President Park ensured the families of the victims that the government will make every possible effort in locating and rescuing the survivors. Her visit to the scene was highly publicized and was broadcasted in every mainstream media. However, contrary to what they had been promised, the families realized that little was being done. Despite the blaring headlines on the governmental search operations, the families found the site often deserted. With time, families’ distrust of the government became more intense. Inaccurate reports often worsened the situation. Initially, it was reported that all passengers had been rescued. Afterwards, those reports were retracted and substituted with continuous inaccuracy, with the articles reporting ever-changing numbers of the total passengers on board, those rescued, and those still missing.