'저는 그들의 땅을 지키기 위하여 싸웠던 인디안들의 이야기를 기억합니다. 백인들이 그들의 신성한 숲에 도로를 만들기 위하여 나무들을 잘랐습니다. 매일밤 인디안들이 나가서 백인들이 만든 그 길을 해체하면 그 다음 날 백인들이 와서 도로를 다시 짓곤 했습니다. 한동안 그 것이 반복되었습니다. 그러던 어느날, 숲에서 가장 큰 나무가 백인들이 일할 동안 그들 머리 위로 떨어져 말과 마차들을 파괴하고 그들 중 몇몇을 죽였습니다. 그러자 백인들은 떠났고 결코 다시 오지 않았습니다….' (브루스 개그논)





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Monday, July 19, 2010

Text Fwd: TRCK relaxes U.S. bombing investigation criterion under new president



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'Visitors wait to meet with officials of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Korea (TRCK) in Seoul.'

Hankyroreh
TRCK relaxes U.S. bombing investigation criterion under new president
Observers say the organization has dropped a greater number of investigation petitions under the new conservative president
By Kim Min-kyeong
Posted on : Jul.16,2010 12:23 KST

Excerpt:

'After receiving 157 petitions over the past four years by civilians claiming damages from U.S. military bombings, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Korea, under President Lee Young-jo, made the decision to investigate 56 of the cases, or 35.6 percent. This number is conspicuously lower than the overall 85.2 percent investigation rate for received cases.
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'Bereaved family members of civilians killed during the U.S. air raids during the Korean War hold signboards requesting compensation from South Korean and U.S. governments, July 15.'

Hankyoreh
Bereaved families continue 2,017-day sit-in on Wolmi Island
: The families remain uncompensated for eviction during the war while a $23M park project is underway

By Kim Min-kyeong
Posted on : Jul.16,2010 12:09 KST

Excerpts

‘The residents of Wolmi Island, who were forced from their home with just the clothes on their back, have been demanding to be allowed to return home since 1952, but have only been told by the government that Wolmi Island was being used as a military facility. Recently, the Defense Ministry and Incheon City government have been trying to pass off responsibility, saying the land was not theirs, and that they were not responsible for the residents being forced out.’

‘A sit-in strike by bereaved families demanding an investigation and compensation for their losses, which began on Oct. 7, 2004, continued for its 2,017th day Thursday. The bereaved family members continue the strike two at a time in a building constructed using wood planks taken from the homes removed from Wolmi Island. Six of the 30 people that began the strike have since died, while those that survive are frequently ill.’

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'Downtown Seoul after being destroyed by a U.S.bombing operation during the Korean War in 1950.'

Hankyoreh 
U.S.’s Yongsan bombing of 1950 caused 1,587 civilian deaths U.S. air raids accounted for 25 percent of civilian deaths in the first 3 months of the war
Posted on : Jul.16,2010 12:05 KST
By Gil Yoon-hyeong

'How bad was the damage from the Yongsan bombing? According to statistics on Seoul resident casualties during the first three months of the war, drawn up by the government statistics office in 1950, one fourth of the 17,127 deaths were caused by air raids. In particular, of the 2,709 total deaths suffered in the Yongsan district, the direct target of the Yongsan bombing 1,587, or 58.6 percent, were due to bombings.'

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