Graphic novel tells grim story of French colonial massacre


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Armelle Mabon had her life turned upside down after reading a poem. The work in question was 'Tyaroye', part of a collection of works called Hosties Noires by the poet Léopold Sédar Senghor. In the poem the Senegalese writer and politician resurrects the memory and dignity of the African colonial troops – former prisoners of war - who were gunned down by the French Army on December 1st, 1944, in the Thiaroye military camp outside Dakar in Senegal, then part of French West Africa.