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Ton' Sombel | by R-Nesto
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Ton' Sombel

Ton’ Sombel is 80 years old, he lives in Ndiaganiao in Senegal. During the colonisation, he was considered as French, for second class, but he had to fight for France during the end of the 2nd World War, then he decided to be a soldier, and he fought for France in Vietman (Indochine war), and in Algeria. In 1960 Senegal had been independent, all people from Senegal lost their French nationality, and Ton’ Sombel came back in his country, where he became policeman. Then in 1985 he became pensioner. But like all fighters from the old French colonies, he received a third of the normal pension, and there aren’t any revaluation of this pension since the 60’s.


I met Ton’ Sombel in Ndiaganiao in Senegal, where I worked with the NGO “Teranga”, I established in 2003. I works in Micro finance area and I found a fair tourism activity. and (all in French for the moment…) If you want having more information about our organisation or about fair tourism activity, you can write to or to


Ton’ Sombel received money from a credit to build a small shop. Everytime I go by Ton’ Sombel, we speak a lot in this bench, front of his house, where I photographed him.

My camera was Finepix S5000 by Fujifilm; this is natural colours of the end of day. This photo were taken in August 2004.


Thanks for all your comments. R-Nesto (Julien Potron).


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Taken on August 24, 2004