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Updated: 2014-04-23 10:20:57 (KST)
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It's been a devastating and torturous week for the families of the missing with nothing they could do but just wait for any news of their sons and daughters who were on-board the ill-fated ferry.
They are growing increasingly angry as details continue to emerge about the sinking and the failing rescue operation.

The families have been staying at a gymnasium near the accident site in Jindo where our Hwang Ji-hye joins us live.
Ji-hye, how are the families doing?

Guys, families are now nearing complete exhaustion both physically and mentally, with no news of survivors after more than a week of waiting.
Many are just helplessly looking at a television screen showing a list of descriptions of the newly discovered bodies and it's just so painful to watch them desperately watching the screen.
Frustrations have boiled over yet again with the families saying descriptions of the newly discovered bodies were not detailed enough, slowing the procedure of identifying the bodies.
A Coast Guard official promised the families at the podium this morning that authorities will do their best to give precise information.
He went on to explain the characteristics of the unidentified and the whole gymnasium fell silent, with families watching the screen showing the list of descriptions.
There are now 23 bodies that have not been sent back home.


And trying to offer them some sort of comfort and support volunteers from across the nation are gathering to this auditorium Tell us about them..

Yes, while the whole country is hopefully waiting for news of survivors, along with the
families here, hundreds of volunteer workers came to the Jindo gymnasium to support the families here and to encourage the families desperately waiting for their missing ones, to stay strong.


"I'm also a parent. I don't know how much these supplies can heal the sorrow of the families but since they're sent from across the nation, I'm working day and night to distribute them to the families, hoping they will provide comfort for them, at least a little."


"I came here today to support the families here. And because there were already so many volunteer workers, I feel bad that I can't help them more."

There are now fewer and fewer relatives of the victims staying at the gymnasium now as more bodies are being discovered and identified.
The families are leaving to tend to their loved ones.
The families that are still here, however, are clinging on to hope that survivors will be found.
There are notes at the entrance of the gymnasium, and one of them reads. "Come back soon honey, so we can have dinner together."
Families of the missing have not given up.
This has been Hwang Ji-hye reporting live from the Jindo Gymnasium.


Reporter : emilyfwang@arirang.co.kr

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fatboyme (USA) 2014-04-23    

I hope they find someone and they are okay.