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Remember the victims of 4.3
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승인 2012.04.09  11:14:51
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▲ Images from the Jeju April 3rd Peace Park. Photos by Douglas MacDonald

The first person to make wristbands a mainstream means of collecting donations was the American cyclist Lance Armstrong, who raised money for cancer patients all over the world. At Korea University, seven members of a club called SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise) came together and started a project making and selling wristbands to help Korean women who were abused and made sex slaves by the Japanese military (also known as “comfort women”).

Inspired by these cases, we formed a group of 16 students at Jeju National University and decided that it is necessary to acknowledge the pain and sorrow and console the victims and their family members for what they must have gone through during the April 3 Massacre.

We call ourselves “here N ow.” This name was originally “Here and Now.” We wanted the name to show that our thoughts are with those who were killed during the massacre. Their souls still touch our lives.

The April 3 Massacre is a historical event that created a large number of victims, a number second to only the casualties of the Korean War. However, most of us remain unaware of the seriousness of this tragic event.

Instead of trying to figure out who to blame, first and foremost we need to understand and reach out to the victims and their family members. As university students, we want to raise awareness among locals and students, and as a way to spread the word, we are making April 3 memorial wristbands.

The major aim of our project is to express our sincere respect and affection to the victims and their families, many of whom have been shut out of their community by many citizens, islanders, and young people like us.

As a way of showing that their sacrifice was not in vain, these easy to wear wristbands have the inscription, “You and I together can make this April springtime warmer.” We are raising money and recruiting donors, but our wristbands will be distributed free of charge to those interested.

All donations will be sent to the 4.3 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Committee.

Han Seung Hyo (shhan1006@nate.com) is a 4th year law student at Jeju National University.

(This article has been edited for length and clarity. Translated by Song Hannim.)

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