Actress Lee Young Ae has stepped forward to help the family of a victim from the tragedy that occurred in Itaewon.
According to the Korea Welfare Foundation for the Disabled, Lee Young Ae expressed her desire to help the family of Juliana Park, a 25-year-old Russian foreigner residing in Korea who was among the 26 foreigners killed in the Itaewon tragedy.
Juliana Park’s father wished to send his daughter’s body back to her hometown in Russia but was unable to gather the $5,000 necessary for transportation fees.
After hearing his story, Lee Young Ae shared through the foundation, “I wish to help Mr. Park and his family who are unable to return to their home country due to financial difficulties.” Lee Young Ae is currently the head of the advisory committee on culture and the arts for the Korea Welfare Foundation for the Disabled.
The Russian embassy has also stepped forward, promising to directly resolve the transportation costs for their citizens who are unable to gather the funds required. They are also issuing the documents necessary for transporting the body as quickly as possible and are discussing the issues of cost directly with the business in charge.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is discussing with related ministries how to pay funeral expenses in advance to prevent such cases from occurring to foreign victims.
We offer our deepest condolences to the victims of this tragedy and their loved ones.
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