Bomal

Bomal est un village de l’Ardenne belge mais, pour moi, c’est d’abord une maison ; celle de Jacqueline, ma marraine, qui consacra sa vie à s’occuper des autres. En temps de guerre comme de paix, Bomal recueillit enfants, fugitifs, vieillards, chiens perdus sans collier. Bomal fut à la fois foyer, refuge, théâtre de drames humains invraisemblables. Et comme un phare qui ne compte plus les tempêtes, ma marraine, infatigable, poursuit son ouvrage.

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Jacqueline and my brother Gurval, 1991.
Jacqueline, 1998.
Gurval and Jacques, 1991.
Lisa, Marie, Chloé and Arthur, 2006.
Dylan, Arthur, Marie and Chloé, 2006.
Coco, Jacqueline's brother, with his radio in the attic ; 1997.
Adolf, 1982. Adolf was a Jew from Poland. Jacqueline's family hided him during WWII. All members of Adolf's family died in camps. After the war, having nowhere to go, Adolf stayed in Bomal. He became a member of the family. Jacqueline took care of him until he died.
Nicolas, Jacqueline, Arthur and the dog Pipo, 1997.
Jacques with his children Chloé, Maxime and Marie, 2006.
Chloé and Marie, 2006.
Chloé and Marie, 2012.
Jacqueline in her kitchen garden, 2009.
Jacques and his first son Nicolas, 2009.
Nicolas and Jacqueline, 2009.
Jacqueline and her bother Emile, 2006.
Nicolas and Arthur, 2011.
Marie and her brother Nicolas, 2012.
Jacqueline's hands back from the coop, 2012.
Jacques, 1990.
Jacqueline, 2012.
Chloé, 2012.
Jacqueline serving dinner, 2002.
Jacqueline at lunch, 2012.
Jacqueline, 2012.
Jacqueline taking care of family graves, 2012.
Photographs of Jacqueline's life.