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4.3, our painful historyThe April 3 story
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승인 2013.05.27  10:45:28
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The 4th JDC junior journalists is listening to Lee Jae hu,
a chairman of Bukchon village April 3 Bereaved Family Association,
at a baby's tomb. Photo by Kim Jinmi

Most Korean history textbooks contain information about the massacre known as 4.3 (April 3rd.) Most schools ,especially in Jeju, teach the 4.3 massacre to their students through textbooks, documents posted on notice board, videos, etc.

However, in spite of all this education, many students don’t know about the events surrounding 4.3. Most students only know that at that time, many people were brutally killed and they don’t know why it happened and how it happened. It is unfortunate that people who will lead our society don’t know about their painful history.

4.3: allthough this designation suggests the events of a single day, the brutality actually took place from April 3rd, 1948 to September 21, 1954. Some people express that it is 4.3 incident and other people express that it is 4.3 uprising.

According to Jae hu Lee, a chairman of Bukchon village April 3 Bereaved Family Association ,”The 4.3 Incident is the wrong expression. A case of murder is a incident, a case of theft is a incident, and a case of traffic is also incident. We gainsay a thing during 4.3 is not incident. Politicians or bureaucrats express it is 4.3 incident, but scholars and those who study 4.3, express it is 4.3 strife and a national strife for unification”. Also accroding to him if it must be expressed, limited one sentence, 4.3 is Jeju 4.3 unification strife campaign.

According to him, 4.3 was a taboo subject for many decades. President Kim Dae Jung started to give justices and president, Roh Moo-hyun first apologied. and After apologying, there is no actual compensation. “Without actual compensation, there is never solution by presidents or politicians” said Mr. Lee.

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