Despite their sorrow, anger and fatigue, the people representing the families of the Sewol-ho ferry's student victims are reaching out to the Korean people who are also grief-stricken by the national tragedy.
"Please stop feeling sorry for us. It is us who were unable to protect our own children."
The families have refused to receive direct donations from citizens.
"If you have to donate, we have decided we will deposit all the money into a scholarship fund."
However, the families of the victims strongly criticized the government for failing to save student lives because of a faulty rescue system.
They said they will hold the government and shipping company accountable for the disaster.
The families also called on the government to get to the bottom of the accident, to uncover the details about how and why it happened.
Lastly, the families asked related agencies and citizens to support the families of those still unaccounted for, who are still desperately waiting their loved ones to return.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News.