Symbols of hope have adorned our school fences in the form of yellow ribbons to raise awareness of the ferry tragedy in Seoul, South Korea on March 20.
As of May 6, there are 172 survivors, 269 dead, and 35 still missing.
In the midst of a tragedy so heartbreaking, many people in Seoul and worldwide are working to bring hope to the parents and siblings of the ferry victims. Some of these activists reside right here at GFS. So what are these yellow ribbons really representing?
“The yellow ribbons’ [purpose] is to show support to the families of the victims and some of the survivors,” says Jane Kye ’15.
Kye is a member of the Asian Students Association (known as ASA), which is working to raise money to donate to the Yellow Ribbon Foundation. This foundation was created to raise money to send to the victims’ parents, as well to help to continue the relief efforts. ASA has been giving out small yellow ribbons to wear in support of the efforts, and they have also been selling larger yellow ribbons that GFS members can write supportive messages on.
Hundreds of high school students were on their way to a trip to Jeju Island, a popular vacation spot, when tragedy struck. The ferry started to sink and eventually capsized, leaving many high school students trapped and looking for an escape.
Through these small donations, hope is not lost. Each ribbon tied to the fence continues to bring support to the parents and survivors who are suffering, and symbolizes a prayer made for those who are gone, yet not forgotten. ASA is still accepting donations.