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Korean mother calls on govt to search for the remains of her missing son

Korean mother calls on govt to search for the remains of her missing son

South Korean mother, Jang Hong Yeo was crying at the Noel-Ekat Memorial Monument of the five South Korean soldiers, killed in Oe-Cusse, on march 6, 2003, including her son ‘Kim Jeong-joong’ who is still missing. (Photo Tatoli/Abilio Elo)

DILI, 09 august 2022 (TATOLI) – The South Korean Mother, Jang Hong Yeo called on the government of Timor-Leste to collaborate with the Government of South Korea to search for the remains of her son ‘Kim Jeong-joong’ who is still missing after being swept by a swift-moving river, in Oe-Cusse, on march 6, 2003.

Jang Hong Yeo made the appeal at the Palace of the President with tears running down her face and said: “I want to find the remains of my son. Without finding his remains, it feels like, I am going back to South Korea alone while leaving him on his own in Timor-Leste.”

‘Kim Jeong-joong’ and the four other Korean Soldiers, namely Min Byeong-jo, Bak Jin-gyu, Baek Jong-hoon, and Choe Heui, were among the five Korean peacekeepers who were killed in the accident.

The five Korean soldiers were deployed to Timor-Leste under the Evergreen Force (ROKBATT), who served the mission to contribute to the peace and stability of  in the country, from 1999 to 2003.

On monday (08/09), the President of the Republic, José Ramos Horta awarded the medal of merits to the five South Korean soldiers to honor and pay respect to their dedication and contribution to the country.

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At the award ceremony, Jang Hong Yeo received the Medal of Merit with tears running down her face.

Jang Hong Yeo said that Kim Jeong-joong was the youngest and loved son of the three children in her family: “You know, that’s why he is dearly missed.”

“I want to find the remains of my son. So, I want the Government of Timor-Leste and the Government of South Korea to work together to search for the remains of my son,” Jang Hong Yeo said.

Jang Hong Yeo worried that the remains of her son are still out there alone: “It means that I will be leaving him alone here in Timor-Leste.”

“I want to thank both governments in advance for putting efforts to search for the remains of my son in the future. I hope that the remains of my son will be found one day,” she said.

The families of the five soldiers arrived in Timor-Leste last week (wednesday, 03/08), including Jang Hong Yeo, the mother of ‘Kim Jeong-joong’. Following their arrival in Dili, the families left directly for Oe-Cusse to pay respect and tribute to the memorial monument of the five soldiers.

Last week, the South Korean Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Kim Jeongho, accompanied by Battalion Commander, Kim Yeong Deok, and the President of Authority of RAEOA, Arsenio Paixão Bano, and the grieving family members inaugurated the Noel-Ekat Memorial Monument in Bobometo village, in RAEOA.

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At the inauguration of the Noel-Ekat Memorial Monument, Jeongho said that: “On this Noel-Ekat riverside hill, 19 years ago, the five Korean soldiers worked tirelessly to contribute to the independence of the country. We may see the changes in the hills, especially over the last 19 years, but the memory of these soldiers will stay forever in the hearts of the Timorese people,” said Jeongho during the inauguration of the Noel-Ekat Memorial Monument in RAEOA.

Ambassador Kim considered the monument an important historical site for Timor-Leste as it was built to commemorate and remember the contribution and the death of five South Korean Soldiers who lost their lives in Bobometo village, Oe-Cusse.

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Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Nelia Borges

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