Even the parishioners of the small mission station here in Gyodong were given a petition to sign asking for legislation to determine the cause of the Sewol Ferry sinking on April 16th. Since the disaster a hundred days have passed and the search for truth is still continuing.The tragedy and the conscientizing that is taking place should bring changes to the country.
Family members of
the victims are on a hunger strike demanding an early adoption of a
law to find the cause of the incident that left more than 300 people
dead or missing.
Both Catholic papers had editorials on
the problems in finding the truth. Flowery words are used to describe
the anguish of the families and the sorrow that accompanies the tragedy,
but little has been done to discover the truth. The tragedy was
man-made, could have been prevented, and we have not come any closer to
discovering who was at fault and why, after three months.
of those missing have not been found and there is a fear that we will
forget the implications of what happened. The impact on the public can
be compared to the 9/11 tragedy in the States. More so than the States
the sinking of the Sewol Ferry opened up avenues of thought that were
not easily accessible to the public.
The sinking of
the ferry brought to the mind, said one of the participants in a public
discussion on the tragedy, the many problems we have in our society:
the emphasis on economic progress without qualification; the value we
give to life and human rights, took second place to profits; widespread
corruption; lack of interest for safety; dereliction of duty; weakness
of crisis management on the part of government; incompetence; and the
weakness of the mass media in reporting. Many other areas have been
given light by the tragedy.
representing those who lost someone in the tragedy said we should not
forget the kind of society that permitted this disaster to happen.
Because of political party squabbles on how to proceed each party is
jockeying for positions and not proceeding in efforts to find the
truth. There are also those that are telling the families to put an end
to their efforts to find the truth. It is not difficult to image the
hurt that this is causing the families. All they want to know is the
truth to prevent this kind of tragedy in the future.
the conclusion of an article on the issues involved a university
professor mentioned people trying to fix something after the problem
has occurred, they are trying to close the stable door after the horse
has bolted. Closing the door with laws, systems, and procedures will not
take care of the problem, says the professor, what is necessary is coming to a new understanding of what is important in life.