Most people love marking anniversaries. 1st, 5th, 10th, 20th, 25th and 50th anniversaries are special. There are even celebrations of 1 month or 100 days.
However, when you are engaged in a social cause with someone missing or abducted, then anniversary dates aren’t real celebrations.
In the case of Hwang In-Cheol, this year marks the 50th anniversary of his father being abducted to North Korea. For the last 15 years or so, he has been lobbying and trying to raise awareness about his father’s abduction. He has had to overcome many things during that time–apathy from the general society, the passage of time, the struggle of raising his own family, carrying on this case while other issues and cases get more attention, concerns that his father may have already passed away, South Korean government officials preferring to deal with more pressing cases, and even that this case is “uncomfortable” whenever relations slightly warm up with North Korea.
This year marks the 50th anniversary, which means this is sure to be the last time the media pays attention to this case. Media likes those big anniversary dates, but when they pass, then the media moves on to the next case.
If you would like to join this campaign this year during this 50th anniversary, then contact project manager Youngmin Kwon (010 6800 2054 firstname.lastname@example.org).
TNKR is trying to build a team of people with various skills, from social media, graphic design, writing, strategy. Even if you don’t have any of those skills, then at the least you can be a bump on a log by attending his events. Having more people with him can show him and others that he is not alone. Please consider donating to this effort, Mr. Hwang hopes to travel to Geneva this year to testify about this campaign.
Team Hwang is now planning an event at the Hidden Cellar on January 26, so please save that date, plan to join that evening.