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With financial support from the Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme of the European Union

Fondi Otto per Mille della Chiesa Evangelica Valdese

With financial support by Society Integration Foundation (SIF)


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The title of this comic, “I, Izaa” refers to 1.12.44, the date of the “Senegalese tirailleurs” massacre ordered by the French officers in the Thiaroye Camp.
When a child notices some flashes coming from the nearby Holding Camp, he decides to wait all night for his father to return from war. Finally his father returns, but he has gone mad because he cannot tell anybody about the mass killing.
2004. France. Professor M. is worried about something he reads in Izaa’s report about a film by an African filmmaker, so he starts to investigate the racial pressures that his student is facing.


I was born in Senegal in 1992, and two years later my mother and I joined my father in Italy.
I’m currently studying Tourism Economics at the University of Bologna and I make amateur comics in my spare time

Page 1

1. “December 1944. Thiaroye… French West Africa…”
/ “140000 recruited… 24000 died… War prisoners…Dagnan… Liberation and Dismissal…”
2. “Halved pensions… Riots…”
3. Oh, right here:
4. Père!
5. “As a foreigner I still suffer from that racist oppression. The same nationalist oppression ​fought alongside the French (1940).” / “The same abused by French officers during the T. ​Massacre”

Page 2

1. That’s just what you wrote
2. Once again, I want you to tell me the truth.
3. Who is persecuting you? Uhm? / (Crap, I’m gonna be late for my niece’s baptism)
4. Nope
5. That was just about someone very close to me. An old senile man. Who thought my roots were a reason for not hanging around with friends.
6. You mean Mr. Auriol again?!

Page 3

1. I, Izaa / some friends of mine / Mr. Auriol / Hey, you there!
2. That’s not a joke. My dad died for that flag! / Uhm quite weird … ’cause I bought mine for 2 € / Damn kid, I’ll beat…
3. But yeah… my great-grandfather went mad too / after being imprisoned during the Fall of France.
4. May 1940…
5. I’m writing a report for school.

Page 4

1. I’ll have a talk with him…
2. You know, when he was… / It wasn’t Mr. Auriol.
3. I was talking about some kind of reversed racist. Anyway, he changed after my niece was born.
4. Reversed? Niece?!
5. Yeah it’s weird but…

Page 5
1. …My grandpa used to think that all white people were racists.