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Monument to the Senegalese Fallen

As a colony of France, Senegal took part in its wars, and this statue tells an interesting tale of World War II.

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Monument to the Senegalese Fallen

A little known episode of colonial history.

It's likely that the history of Senegal will be unfamiliar to you, but one chapter of the later colonial era is commemorated by a statue of two Senegalese soldiers at the entrance to the Dakar-Niger railway station. You'll notice that they're not depicted in a warlike pose but just the opposite, holding flowers aloft. It represents the pacifist spirit of Senegal, whose young men were sent to fight in the Second World War, often without any training. This statue commememorate the fallen of that conflict, known as tirailleurs, who died without firing a shot.



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