The Sewol Disaster - Help us Limit Some of the Grief and Loss in Korea
By Dr. Thomas G. Hedberg - Executive Director - IMCRA
Sewol Ferry Sinking with Hundreds Still Aboard
It has now been an incredible month and a half since the almost incomprehensible tragedy of the Sewol ferry disaster near Jeju Island in South Korea. Officially 288 people are confirmed dead, the majority being high school students on a field trip and their teachers. The negligence and disorganization of those responsible for the safety of passengers is particularly disturbing as it compounded the inability of the young to comprehend the deadliness of their situation as they laughed, texted each other and planned facebook posts.
The impact of this disaster is profound, not only for the parents and families of the lost, but for the survivors as well, all of whom will bear these deep emotional scars for decades. In order to approach one avenue of long-term help, IMCRA has recruited the services of several New-York area and Korea-based psychotherapists specializing in post-disaster therapy to help ease the pain and suffering of the survivors. To date, Dr. Benedict Sungho Kim, Dr. Simon Shin and several other Korean medical specialists have either completed or are in the process of completing outreach modules on the IMCRA system in both English and Korean. These resources are targeted at both survivors and families - as well as physicians and psychosocial specialists who may find themselves being consulted.
As IMCRA faculty have pointed out, the impact of this tragedy is much greater than the Sewol because it brings up underlying currents of unresolved disquiet in the Korean psyche associated with memories of war, the North and living under multiple threats. To date the IMCRA Korean program has been accessed by nearly 2000 users. We are committed to involving more experts and extending the program to be as useful as possible. Any support you can provide to this undertaking will help us accomplish this . The program can be accessed at http://www.imcra.org/Video.aspx?ContentItem.ItemID=412 The new access page for the system is shown below. Thank you.
Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.
If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.
Get Reports via Email
We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.