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'If you are a Jeju native, you must remember this huge tragedy'The Weekly's Junior Reporters investigate the Jeju Massacre at Bukchon village
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▲ On Nov. 26, 24 JDC-Jeju Weekly junior reporters studied the history of the Jeju Massacre at Bukchon village. Photo by The Jeju Weekly
The JDC-Jeju Weekly Junior Reporters program is a five-month course, where middle school students learn about journalism. This is the group report from Team Two — Ed.

By Kim Yeon Ju, Yang Hyuck Jae, Jung Sol Hee


On Nov. 26 the JDC-Jeju Weekly Junior Reporters went to Bukchon village to talk to a survivor of the Jeju Massacre and an expert on the topic from the Jeju April 3 Peace Foundation.

The 4.3 Massacre is one of the most tragic events in Jeju’s modern history. During the massacre, which occurred between 1948 and 1954, an estimated 30,000 people died or vanished.

According to Kim Seok Bo, a resident of Bukchon village and survivor of the Jeju Massacre, on Nov. 17, 1949 soldiers started to show up in Bukchon. They told the villagers to gather in the yard of Bukchon Elementary School. The soldiers then set the village on fire, and then separated the families of police officers and soldiers from the rest of the villagers and then they killed almost everyone who remained in the playground. Even children and the elderly were killed. About 350 people were killed on that day.

The families of police officers and soldiers were sent to Hamdeok. But a lot of people died there, too. This massacre continued until 5 p.m when the chief commander ordered soldiers to stop the killing.

“Three of my sisters and brothers died there, too. They were only 13, 11, and 9 years old. I was quite lucky to be alive,” said Kim Seok Bo while standing near the graves of his siblings near the school.

This massacre is not a simple or light incident. If you are a Jeju native, you must remember this huge tragedy.


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