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Father Lee Tae-seok, the official biography of Lee Tae-seok

By Kim Soo-bin | 기사입력 2022/01/13 [15:21]

Father Lee Tae-seok, the official biography of Lee Tae-seok

By Kim Soo-bin | 입력 : 2022/01/13 [15:21]

Father Lee Tae-seok educated the children while serving as a medical assistant in 80 villages in Tonz, South Sudan. More specifically, Father Lee Tae-seok treated more than 200 patients in the morning, taught math to children at school in the afternoon, and also helped students who couldn’t help giving up their dreams because of their poverty.



Father Lee Tae-seok, the official biography of Lee Tae-seok (1962~2010), the main character of the documentary movie Don’t Cry Tones, has been published. This book contains concerns, conflicts, and anguish Father Lee experienced as a human being rather than as a saint. In 2001, Father Lee Tae-seok was sent to the Tonz area, a remote area of South Sudan. For seven years, until 2008, he served several roles such as a doctor, a Catholic priest, and a friend of the people suffering in poor living conditions and poverty.

 

The book consists of four chapters (path, fate, love, and promise) and shows various aspects of his worries, conflicts, and anguish as a human. In the book, the readers can feel his agony and anguish as a human who gave up his dream as a priest, felt so sorry for the Tonez’s terrible environment, and later suffered physically and emotionally due to cancer.

 

Father Lee Tae-seok educated the children while serving as a medical assistant in 80 villages in Tonz. More specifically, Father Lee Tae-seok treated more than 200 patients in the morning, taught math to children at school in the afternoon, and also helped students who couldn’t help giving up their dreams because of their poverty. He often blamed himself when he found that he could not withstand the stench of patients’ wounds and excrement when they first arrived at Tones’ Hansen’s disease isolation village. Through the process, he eventually grew to be a true missionary in Africa.

 

Lee Chung-ryul, author of Father Lee Tae-seok, collected and compiled all of Father Lee’s letters, e-mails, memos, various documents, photos, and videos for vivid description of Father Lee’s life. He also interviewed Father James, who contributed greatly to Father Lee Tae-seok’s journey to Tonz, as well as those who served together with him in Tonz.

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