Sewol victim father ends fast after 46 days

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The father of one of the victims of the South Korean ferry tragedy Thursday ended a 46-day hunger strike.

Kim Young-oh, father of one of the 250 high school students who died in the Sewol shipwreck April 16, became a symbol of the families` struggle for an independent investigation into the accident.

The 47-year-old was admitted to hospital last Friday with serious symptoms of malnutrition. After nearly a week in the hospital, Kim decided to end his hunger strike because of deteriorating health and at the request of his family and other relatives of the Sewol victims.

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Six days earlier Kim was visited at his protest site by Pope Francis, who later celebrated a Mass in the square. 


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