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Apr 14, 2015

South Korea’s Sewol Ferry Disaster: Ferry Victim’s Cherished Bedrooms

South Korea’s Sewol Ferry Disaster: Ferry Victim’s Cherished Bedrooms

Nearly a year after the Sewol ferry sank on April 16, 2014, with the death of 250 students, some families keep their children's bedrooms intact to remember and honour their loved ones. More than 300 people, most of them students and teachers from Danwon High School, are dead, or missing and presumed dead, after the Sewol ferry sank on a routine trip from the port of Incheon, near Seoul, to the holiday island of Jeju. This gallery with pictures and their stories makes you speechless.

South Korea’s Sewol Ferry Disaster: Ferry Victim’s Cherished Bedrooms
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A combination picture shows Shin Jum-ja (R) and Jung Soo-beom, mother and younger brother of Jung Hwi-beom, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, as they pose for a photograph in Shin's son's room, as well as details of objects, in Ansan April 7, 2015. Shin said "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. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A combination picture shows Huh Heung-hwan (R) and Park Eun-mi the parents of Huh Da-yoon, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, as they pose for a photograph in their daughter's room, as well as details of her belongings, in Ansan April 8, 2015. Park said: "I haven't thought about anything but finding my daughter. I will never give up until I find her. For a year, every day was like that day, April 16, 2014. The times I laughed about trivial things have became precious moments. I thought living an ordinary life was the easiest thing, but I've realised it is the hardest thing." KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A combination picture shows Lee Sun-mi, mother of Kim Ju-hee, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, as she poses for a photograph in her daughter's room, as well as details of objects, in Ansan April 8, 2015. Lee said: "A thorough investigation has to be conducted. 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. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A combination picture shows Eom Ji-yeong, the mother of Park Ye-ji, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, as she poses for a photograph in her daughter's room, as well as details of objects, in Ansan April 8, 2015. Eom said: "Every relic of our children is still there. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A combination picture shows Kim Mi-hwa, mother of Bin Ha-yong, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, as she poses for a photograph in her son's room, as well as details of objects, in Ansan April 7, 2015. Kim said: "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 HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A combination picture shows Jung Hye-suk, mother of Park Sung-ho, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, as she poses for a photograph in her son's room, as well as details of objects, in Ansan April 7, 2015. Jung said: "Good children have died because of adults faults. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A combination picture shows Jung Bu-ja (R) and Shin Chang-sik, parents of Shin Ho-sung, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, as they pose for a photograph in their son's room, as well as details of objects, in Ansan April 9, 2015. Jung said: "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." KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A combination picture shows Kim Young-lae (R) and Kim Sung-sil, parents of Kim Dong-hyuk, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, as they pose for a photograph in their son's room, as well as details of objects, in Ansan April 8, 2015. Kim Young-lae said: "A thorough investigation is needed, and wrongdoers should be punished. This kind of accident might happen again, if we don't know why it happened". KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A combination picture shows Kim Youn-sil, mother of Jeong Cha-woong, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, as she poses for a photograph in her son's room, as well as details of objects, in Ansan April 8, 2015. Kim said: "I feel so sorry for Cha-woong and miss him so much. Those children who stayed calm in the ferry at the last moment and worried for us were better than us. I don't have confidence in my country any more. I want to move abroad, if my oldest child feels okay with it." KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A combination picture shows Kim Yu-jeong, mother of Jeon Ha-yeong, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, as she poses for a photograph in her daughter's room, as well as details of objects, in Ansan April 7, 2015. Kim said: "I wish our country could make us feel like it is protecting us. I want to tellHa-yeong's younger sister about my proud country but I can't these days. We, as adults, have a duty to protect our children. I hope our children grow up well and lead our country in a right direction." KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A combination picture shows Ahn Myeong-mi, mother of Moon Ji-sung, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster as she poses for a photograph in her daughter's room as well as details of objects, in Ansan April 7, 2015. Ahn said: "My perspective on my country has changed. I thought my country was good. I prayed for it. However, after the disaster, I couldn't pray for a while. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A combination picture shows Lee Hye-kyung, mother of Jeon Hyeon-tak, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, as she poses for a photograph in her son's room, as well as details of objects, in Ansan April 8, 2015. Lee said: "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. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Kim Yu-jeong, mother of Jeon Ha-yeong, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, poses for a photograph in her daughter's room in Ansan April 7, 2015. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A school uniform hangs on a closet in a room belonging to Park Sung-ho, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster in Ansan April 7, 2015. His dream was to be a priest. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Lee Hye-kyung, mother of Jeon Hyeon-tak, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, poses for a photograph in her son's room in Ansan April 8, 2015. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Student identification, letters from a schoolmate and other belongings are seen on a desk in a room belonging to Park Sung-ho, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, in Ansan April 7, 2015. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Jung Hye-suk, mother of Park Sung-ho, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, poses for a photograph in her son's room in Ansan April 7, 2015. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Clothes and other belongings are seen in a room belonging to Moon Ji-sung, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, in Ansan April 7, 2015. Her dream was to be a flight attendant. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Ahn Myeong-mi, mother of Moon Ji-sung, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster poses for a photograph in her daughter's room in Ansan April 7, 2015. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A picture of Moon Ji-sung, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, hangs in her room in Ansan April 7, 2015. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A backpack hangs on a chair in a room belonging to Park Sung-ho, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, in Ansan April 7, 2015. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Pictures are seen in a bedroom belonging to Jeon Ha-yeong, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, in Ansan April 7, 2015. Her dream was to be an international aid worker. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Coloured pencils are seen in a room belonging to Bin Ha-yong, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, in Ansan April 7, 2015. His dream was to be an illustrator. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Bedding is seen in a room belonging to Jeon Ha-yeong, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, in Ansan April 7, 2015. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Drawings are piled up in a room belonging to Bin Ha-yong, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, in Ansan April 7, 2015. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Pictures are seen in a room belonging to Jeon Ha-yeong, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, in Ansan April 7, 2015. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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An artwork is seen in a room belonging to Bin ha-yong, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, in Ansan April 7, 2015. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Kim Mi-hwa, mother of Bin Ha-yong, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, poses for a photograph in her son's room in Ansan April 7, 2015. Kim said: "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 HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A diary entry written on June 10, 2014, by Kim Young-lae, the father of Kim Dong-hyuk, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, is seen in his son's room in Ansan April 8, 2015. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Certificates lie on the floor in the bedroom of Kim Dong-hyuk, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, in Ansan April 8, 2015. His dream was to be a web designer. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Kim Young-lae (R) and Kim Sung-sil, parents of Kim Dong-hyuk, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster pose for a photograph in their son's room in Ansan April 8, 2015. Kim Young-lae said: "'A thorough investigation is needed, and wrongdoers should be punished. This kind of accident might happen again, if we don't know why it happened". KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Balls and a glove are seen in the bedroom of Kim Dong-hyuk, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, in Ansan April 8, 2015. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A school uniform that belonged to Shin Ho-sung, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, is seen in his room in Ansan April 9, 2015. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Teddy bears belonging to Kim Ju-hee, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, lie on a bed in her room in Ansan April 8, 2015. Her dream was to be a doctor. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A soft toy is seen between reference books in a room belonging to Kim Ju-hee, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, in Ansan April 8, 2015. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A certificate belonging to Jeong Cha-woong, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, is seen in his room in Ansan April 8, 2015. He received the certificate from the Haedong Kendo association after he died in the disaster. His dream was to be a Haedong Kendo master. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A Rubik's cube belonging to Jeong Cha-woong, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, sits on a shelf in his room in Ansan April 8, 2015. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Swords belonging to Jeong Cha-woong, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, are seen in his room in Ansan April 8, 2015. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Kim Youn-sil, mother of Jeong Cha-woong, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, poses for a photograph in her son's room in Ansan April 8, 2015. Kim said: "I feel so sorry for Cha-woong and miss him so much. Those children who stayed calm in the ferry at the last moment and worried for us were better than us. I don't have confidence in my country any more. I want to move abroad, if my oldest child feels okay with it." KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A guitar that belonged to Shin Ho-sung, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, is seen in his room in Ansan April 9, 2015. His dream was to be a Korean language teacher. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Belongings lie in the bedroom of Huh Da-yoon, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, in Ansan April 8, 2015. Her dream was to work as a kindergarten teacher. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A painting by Huh Da-yoon, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, hangs in her bedroom in Ansan April 8, 2015. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A stuffed toy is seen in the bedroom of Park Ye-ji, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, in Ansan April 8, 2015. Her dream was to become a computer programmer. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Letters are stored in a box in the bedroom of Park Ye-ji, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, in Ansan April 8, 2015. Her dream was to become a computer programmer. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Baby shoes belonging to Jeon Hyeon-tak, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, are seen in his room in Ansan April 8, 2015. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A photograph is seen in a room belonging to Jeon Hyeon-tak, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, in Ansan April 8, 2015. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Jung Bu-ja (R) and Shin Chang-sik, parents of Shin Ho-sung, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, pose for a photograph in their son's room in Ansan April 9, 2015. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Keepsakes belonging to Shin Ho-sung, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, are seen in his room in Ansan April 9, 2015. His dream was to be a Korean language teacher. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A trophy belonging to Kim Ju-hee, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, is seen in her room in Ansan April 8, 2015. Her dream was to be a doctor. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Lee Sun-mi, mother of Kim Ju-hee, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, poses for a photograph in her daughter's room in Ansan April 8, 2015. Lee said: "A thorough investigation has to be conducted. 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. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Eom Ji-yeong, the mother of Park Ye-ji, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, poses for a photograph in her daughter's room in Ansan April 8, 2015. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A pet dog that belonged to Huh Da-yoon, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, stands on a bed in her room in Ansan April 8, 2015. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Huh Heung-hwan (R) and Park Eun-mi, the parents of Huh Da-yoon, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, pose for a photograph in their daughter's room in Ansan April 8, 2015. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A pair of slippers lie in the bedroom of Jung Hwi-beom, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, in Ansan April 7, 2015. His dream was to be a car designer. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A corroded smartphone that belonged to Jung Hwi-beom, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, is displayed in his bedroom in Ansan April 7, 2015. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Pictures hang in the bedroom of Jung Hwi-beom, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, in Ansan April 7, 2015. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A globe is seen on a desk in a room belonging to Jeon Hyeon-tak, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, in Ansan April 8, 2015. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Eom Ji-yeong, mother of Park Ye-ji, a high school student who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, poses for a photograph with a picture showing her daughter (4rd L, in top line) with her schoolmates when she was 15, in her daughter's room in Ansan April 8, 2015. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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