South Korea ferry sinking: Yellow ribbons symbolise hope in S.Korea

A relative of a missing passenger of the Sewol ferry walks next to yellow ribbons of hope for a safe return of missing passengers, attached on a fence at Jindo harbour on April 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
A relative of a missing passenger of the Sewol ferry walks next to yellow ribbons of hope for a safe return of missing passengers, attached on a fence at Jindo harbour on April 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
A man looks at yellow ribbons dedicated to the missing and dead passengers onboard the capsized Sewol ferry, at a port where many family members wait for news from the search and rescue team in Jindo on April 24, 2014. --PHOTO: REUTERS
A man looks at yellow ribbons dedicated to the missing and dead passengers onboard the capsized Sewol ferry, at a port where many family members wait for news from the search and rescue team in Jindo on April 24, 2014. --PHOTO: REUTERS
Yellow ribbons dedicated to the missing and dead passengers onboard the capsized Sewol ferry are seen at a port where many family members wait for news from the search and rescue team, as a Coast Guard ship passes behind on its way to the rescue, in
Yellow ribbons dedicated to the missing and dead passengers onboard the capsized Sewol ferry are seen at a port where many family members wait for news from the search and rescue team, as a Coast Guard ship passes behind on its way to the rescue, in Jindo on April 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Yellow ribbons and messages dedicated to the missing and dead passengers onboard the capsized Sewol ferry, are hung at a port where many family members wait for news from the search and rescue team in Jindo on April 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Yellow ribbons and messages dedicated to the missing and dead passengers onboard the capsized Sewol ferry, are hung at a port where many family members wait for news from the search and rescue team in Jindo on April 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Schoolchildren tie yellow ribbons symbolising hope for the safe return of missing passengers on the Sewol ferry onto the roadside of a main gate at Danwon high school on April 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Schoolchildren tie yellow ribbons symbolising hope for the safe return of missing passengers on the Sewol ferry onto the roadside of a main gate at Danwon high school on April 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
A man prays in front of a makeshift memorial at the main gate of Danwon high school in Ansan on April 24, 2014 where many of the schoolchildren missing from the sunken South Korean ferry Sewol attended. -- PHOTO: AFP
A man prays in front of a makeshift memorial at the main gate of Danwon high school in Ansan on April 24, 2014 where many of the schoolchildren missing from the sunken South Korean ferry Sewol attended. -- PHOTO: AFP
Pedestrians pray in front of a makeshift memorial at the main gate of Danwon high school in Ansan on April 24, 2014 where many of the schoolchildren missing from the sunken South Korean ferry Sewol attended. -- PHOTO: AFP
Pedestrians pray in front of a makeshift memorial at the main gate of Danwon high school in Ansan on April 24, 2014 where many of the schoolchildren missing from the sunken South Korean ferry Sewol attended. -- PHOTO: AFP
Yellow ribbons symbolising hope for the safe return of missing passengers on the Sewol ferry are displayed on a main gate of Danwon high school on April 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Yellow ribbons symbolising hope for the safe return of missing passengers on the Sewol ferry are displayed on a main gate of Danwon high school on April 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
School children hang yellow ribbons by a road side at the main gate of Danwon high school where many of the schoolchildren missing from the sunken South Korean ferry Sewol attended in Ansan on April 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
School children hang yellow ribbons by a road side at the main gate of Danwon high school where many of the schoolchildren missing from the sunken South Korean ferry Sewol attended in Ansan on April 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Yellow ribbons hang by a road side near Danwon high school where many of the schoolchildren missing from the sunken South Korean ferry Sewol attended in Ansan on April 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Yellow ribbons hang by a road side near Danwon high school where many of the schoolchildren missing from the sunken South Korean ferry Sewol attended in Ansan on April 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Yellow ribbons hang near Danwon high school in Ansan where many of the school children missing from the sunken South Korean ferry Sewol attended on April 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Yellow ribbons hang near Danwon high school in Ansan where many of the school children missing from the sunken South Korean ferry Sewol attended on April 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
A woman ties yellow ribbons symbolising hope for the safe return of missing passengers on the Sewol ferry onto a main gate of Danwon high school on April 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
A woman ties yellow ribbons symbolising hope for the safe return of missing passengers on the Sewol ferry onto a main gate of Danwon high school on April 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

Nine days into the search-and-rescue operations for passengers of the Sewol ferry which capsized on April 16, yellow ribbons are flourishing throughout South Korea.The ribbons are an expression of the country's hope of finding survivors among the 131 still missing, with some carrying messages such as "I am waiting for you!", "I hope you'll return!" and "Come home!". An online campaign backed by celebrities such as singer Jo Kwon, from K-pop group 2am, and model Hye Park is also gaining traction. The campaign features a simple drawing of a black bow against a yellow background with the message "One small movement, big miracles" written in Korean underneath.