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Event news: Sewol families visit UK

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This coming week brings a chance to meet family members of the Sewol victims:

10 May:
11 May:

More details below:

London Sewol Campaign with Sewol Families

10 May 2016, 12noon – 2pm,
Trafalgar Square in front of National Gallery
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Sewol artwork by Magenta Kang

Sewol families touring Europe will arrive London on 10 May and they have requested a street campaign to distribute leaflets and Yellow ribbons to public.

The Practice of Recollecting: Panel Discussion to Commemorate the 2nd Anniversary of Sewol Ferry Disaster

10 May 2016, 6pm – 8pm
SOAS Russell Square, College Buildings, Room L67
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On 16th April 2014 the South Korean passenger ferry MV Sewol capsized and sank en route to Jeju Island, taking the lives of 304 people, mostly high school children. Two years on, families are still calling for a profound inquiry into the disaster. Commemorating the 2nd anniversary of the disaster, the panellists will discuss several issues on truth and justice by asking some critical questions on:

  • What caused the Sewol to sink?
  • Why were the passengers not promptly rescued?
  • Why has the sunken ship still not been salvaged?

In the session, the panellists, who are the parents of the victims and campaigners, hope to share their stories and experiences and to discuss what should be done to avoid the reoccurrence of such a disaster.


  • Ms Kyunghee Yoon (4/16 Sewol Families for Truth and a Safer Society)
  • Mr Gyounggeun Yoo (Executive Committee Member, 4/16 Sewol Families for Truth and a Safer Society)
  • Mr Seung Ryoul Park (Standing Steering Committee Member, Coalition 4/16 on the Sewol Ferry Disaster)
  • Ms Hyunju Park (Coordinator, Coalition 4/16 on the Sewol Ferry Disaster)
  • Chair: Dr Jaeho Kang (SOAS, University of London)

Free screening of “Upside Down” documentary + Q & A with the Sewol families

11 May, 6:30pm for 7pm
The Fountain Pub, 120 Maldon Road, New Malden, KT3 6DD
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Drinks at the bar from 6:30pm, then the screening of “Upside Down” (South Korea, 2016, 65 mins) with English subtitles will start 7pm sharp at the first floor of the Fountain, New Malden. No booking is necessary (first come, first seated).

These events have been possible because of generous donations from individuals and many volunteers. If you would like to donate, the link is here. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the Remembering Sewol UK team.

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