[CBC뉴스] “Om salba mozza moji sadaya sabaha” [모든 죄를 참회하고 모든 불보살님께 귀의합니다] – Im Yeon-yi, the mother of the missing Kim Seong-jin
On a night of heavy rain, the resounding sound of Buddhist scriptures and sighs break the silence. In her house, only her wife pours out her tears, hugging her thick coat, and her husband silently soothes her. What kind of story do they have?
■ Misfortune that came without notice
On January 24, 2023, Seongjin Kim, who traveled alone to Yakushima, Japan, went missing. Yakushima, designated as a World Natural Heritage, is famous for its cedar trees and dense forests that have been preserved for thousands of years. In particular, Miyanouradake, the highest mountain in the Kyushu region, is considered a place that even Japanese people want to visit at least once in their lifetime. Kim Seong-jin, who went on a trip after a long time after Corona. After he entered the mountain, his hiking trail was closed due to a sudden heavy snowfall, and the whereabouts of Kim Seong-jin also became unknown.
“Everyone should never have to go through something like this in life. Because misfortune comes without notice” – Kim Tae-gyu, the father of Kim Seong-jin, a missing person
■ Son’s Last Acts
After his son went missing, his father, Kim Tae-gyu, went straight to Yakushima. But no trace of his son could be found. The search was interrupted by heavy snow and rain, and time passed helplessly, and the father returned to Korea without finding his son. Since then, there has been no news from Yakushima.
Daily life collapsed, time stopped, there was no one to help. Kim Tae-gyu decides to go to Yakushima once again. He immersed himself in moss-filled stones, forests of dense trees, endless valleys and maze-like mountain trails, and began walking along the path his son had walked.
“How hard it must have been until the moment I lost consciousness. It really breaks my heart when I think about this.” – Kim Tae-gyu, the father of Kim Seong-jin, a missing person
■ Until the door that was firmly closed is reopened
A chueotang restaurant in Geoje Island. After the disappearance of their son, the couple closed the shop they had operated for 30 years. The news of his son’s disappearance spread silently around him. The traces left by the son, the daily life that stopped, and the time given to them became a burden and took away their laughter. Will the couple be able to return to their normal lives? How will they live the rest of their lives? When will my son come back?
“Mom is strong and has a rough place… … If mom and dad don’t wait, who will wait?” – Im Yeon-yi, the mother of the missing Kim Seong-jin
A documentary insight about the loss of a son, which tells the story of a father who searches for his only son’s last move and a mother who earnestly prays for his son’s return, will be broadcast on KBS 1TV at 10:00 pm on Thursday the 24th.
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