» 05/15/2014, 00.00
Joseph Yun Li-sun
Hurting over S Korean ferry sinking, Christians and Buddhists hold vigils and prayer to comfort each other
Catholics, Protestants and Buddhists have set up a camp near the port on Jindo Island not far from where the Sewol ferry sunk with 476 people on board. As families continue to wait for news about those still missing, they find comfort in prayer and listening. The government charges the captain and three officers, whilst the head of the ferry company is holed up at home, surrounded by members of his 'Salvation Sect'.
11/06/2014 SOUTH KOREA
Korea, security forces raid a religious compound to find the owner of Sewol
Yoo Byung-eun, the de facto owner of the sunken ferry, is on the run. Some 4,000 police officers, armed with court-issued warrants, were dispatched around the Geumsuwon, an evangelical compound in Anseong. The followers of Yoo have been staging a sit-in protest at the gate, arguing that the church has nothing to do with the allegations raised by the investigators.
23/08/2014 SOUTH KOREA
Sewol activist hospitalized after 40 days of hunger strike
In the April 16 disaster, Kim Young-oh lost his 17 year old daughter. Since then together with other families of victims he has campaigned for a new law to punish those responsible for the massacre. The man met Pope Francis before the beatification of the 124 Korean martyrs, and gave him the yellow badge that is their symbol of protest. The pontiff wore it throughout the journey.
25/02/2015 SOUTH KOREA
Baptized by the Pope in Korea: 500 kilometers of rosaries and prostration to demand justice for Sewol
Francis Lee Ho-jin lost his son in the sinking of the ferry in April 2014. Almost a year after the massacre, the government has yet to clarify those responsible for the disaster. Together with his daughter, he is marching on foot from the south of the country to the capital: every three steps, he prostrates himself to ask the population to remember the more than 300 victims. The continuous recitation of the Marian prayer for the repose of the souls.
11/11/2014 SOUTH KOREA
Korea, Sewol captain sentenced to 36 years in prison
The courts have found him guilty of "gross negligence" but rejected the charge of murder. All other crew members on trial also condemned. The chief engineer of the ferry that sank last April, gets 30 years in jail. 304 people died in the tragedy, one of the worst accidents in the history of South Korea.
22/07/2014 SOUTH KOREA
Korea: lifeless body of the Sewol ferry owner found
The authorities have confirmed this morning that the body of a man, found on June 12, but ignored by the police, belongs to Yoo Byung-eun. The man, the owner of the ship that sank in April, was being sought throughout the country. Indignation of the population at investigators failure to identify the corpse because it was considered "a homeless man".
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