Make sure we remember the scars of the war
and pay tribute.
A hundred years ago, the IWW, supposed to last a few
weeks, went on and on. Troops hid themselves facing
each other. By the end of 1914, the front line settled in
Belgium and in the north of France. The fate of the
World would be decided on this line. From Ypres in
Belgium to Arras in the North of France, on both sides
of this 50km long line, nations, from all other the world,
fought against each other : Germans, New-
Zealanders, Canadians, British, Indians, Australians... !
Mostly young foreign soldiers, rather than French
(located in Verdun and la Marne), would come here to
fight and die on this foreign land. Facing them, an
horizon, a foreign landscape, a line. A mound, a hill to
c!onquer.! As I was myself born on this line many decades later,!
The IWW is part of my history and identity. Like each
pupil native from this region, I visited the sites of
remembrance of this war. With my sisters, we used to
go biking in the countryside near Arras on
Wednesdays, also playing hide-and- seek in the military
A hundred years later, there are no veterans left. This
war is definitely in the past and in archives. This front
line is like a scar on the skin. Over time, it fades. Red
p!atches and swollen parts are slowly healing.! Until one day, I discovered the pictures of Somerset
landscapes taken by the famous English war
photographer Don Mc Cullin. I found there a way to tell
a!bout the war in my own personal way.! Scars fade but never disappear.