On April 16, 2014 the MV Sewol (세월호 침몰 사고) sank en route from Incheon to Jeju Island, South Korea. Of the 476 people aboard – the majority of them students from Danwon High School – 304 died. Five bodies remain missing (as of October 2018).
Every month since the disaster South Koreans in London have been staging a silent Sewol protest in the heart of the city. Their aim is to join ‘in solidarity with victims’ families and the concerned people of Korea who demand a thorough transparent inquiry’ (quote: Remembering Sewol Disaster) due to the serious failures on parts of the crew as well as the South Korean government both during the disaster and after.
I have documented the monthly silent protests in London – and elsewhere, if the chance arises – to create a record of how South Koreans living away from home support the victims of the disaster.