A total of 304 people, mostly school students, were killed when the ship - which was overloaded and illegally redesigned - sank off Jindo island.
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“Hyeon-tak’s body was discovered on May 1. How could I say even a word in front of such a deep sorrow? I don’t have any passion for my life. I raised him with all my heart. Hyeon-tak, thank you for the life you spent with me.” — Lee Hye-kyung, mother of Jeon Hyeon-tak
“Before the accident, my family talked a lot. Now we save our words, trying not to hurt each other. I am eager to see Hwi-beom just once. I wish I could hug him.” — Shin Jum-ja, mother of Jung Hwi-beom
“Spring has come and flowers are blossoming, but moms cannot smile. I hope the children who are still missing will be found … I wish I could bring back my daughter. The world after the tragedy is not the place that I had known.” — Lee Sun-mi, mother of Kim Ju-hee
“As I see the children, they are all pretty and precious. All of them have a right to be loved and have dreams. Losing these kids is a tremendous loss for our country.” — Kim Mi-hwa, mother of Bin Ha-yong
“I was protesting, asking for an inquiry to find out the real reason why the ferry capsized. Some foreign tourists took photos of me. At that moment, I felt I was an alien, although I live in this country. All I wanted to know was the reason why the crewmen were all rescued but our children had to die.” — Jung Bu-ja, mother of Shin Ho-sung
“Our children didn’t blame society. They tried hard to save each others lives and worried about their families. Don’t we have to learn from the efforts they showed in the last minutes of their lives?” — Jung Hye-suk, mother of Park Sung-ho