The younger sister of Son Byeoung seop was bayonetted to death during the uprising. "When you see such senseless and cruel killings", Son says, "you automatically join the struggle of the protesters". Son was heavily beaten during the uprising, and still suffers physically and mentally. "My memory is fuzzy sometimes", he says, "and sometimes I had difficulties to find my way around".
For 10 years, he couldn't get a job due to his mental condition, and he couln't talk to others. He seperated from his wife and family, and lives alone in an old isolated house in Gwangju, "because I did not want to be a burden to them".
Today, he suffers from all kinds of aliments, "except cancer". To forget the pain and to combat frequent nightmares, he needs 17 different medicines and alcohol. "That's why my body is not normal", he says.
20 years ago, he changed his life. He started to work as a newspaper delivery man, and also collects cans, bins and bottles. With this income, he started to fund scholarships for poor students, and he also helps elderly or disabled people who are living alone. Today, he is heading a prize winning NGO with 18 representatives, and they continue to receive individual and corporate donations.
"I got the idea of helping others in need", he explains, "because once, when I was laying down unconciousness in the street, nobody helped me. Only a 11 year old boy got some water for me, and I was touched by his kindness".