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She presents, on the basis of diaries and travel logs, correspondence and testimonies, a method imagined and developed to make use of theater as an instrument of reconciliation - to the extent in which it is feasible - in conflict zones ( in Burundi with victims of torture as well as torturers themselves, or in Congo with child soldiers in particular) and, more generally, to help vulnerable people (prisoners, asylum seekers, AIDS patients, returnees or displaced persons, victims of sexual violence, etc.).


Anxious to communicate her experience and make her method accessible to any person or association wishing to expand the curative potential of theater in various contexts of crisis and conflict, Frédérique Lecomte asked Karel Vanhaesebrouck and Marie-Soleil Frère, both lecturers at the Free University of Brussels, as well as his collaborator Ewout D'Hoore, to situate the historical, cultural and political context of this type of theatrical intervention which requires great on-field understanding.

Two photographic reports by Véronique Vercheval and Benjamin Geminel testify to this practice in Congo as in Burundi.

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This book traces the TheatRE ET Reconciliation project led by Belgian director Frédérique Lecomte

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