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Sewol ferry disaster: One year on, grieving families demand answers

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02:18 - Source: CNN
One year later, families of Sewol victims feel forgotten

Story highlights

Sewol ferry sank a year ago off the coast of South Korea, killing 304 people

Families hold protests, vigils, say not much has been resolved since sinking

Government has yet to decide whether to raise the ferry

Seoul CNN —  

In the first few days after the Sewol disappeared beneath the Yellow Sea, divers pulled body after body from the watery wreckage, bringing the dead home.

And throughout the following days, weeks and months, Park Eun-mi waited to see if one of them was her 16-year-old daughter, Huh Da-yun.

The divers stopped searching months ago because of the winter and water conditions, and the South Korean ferry remains on the bottom of the sea floor.

The Sewol sank on April 16, killing 304 people, mostly high school students who were on their way to a field trip to Jeju island, off South Korea’s southern coast.

“We kept waiting with belief in finding our daughter. I thought once, ‘Somebody will be the last person and what if it’s Da-yun?’” Park said.