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Colette Braeckman

Journalist for the daily Le Soir in Brussels, Colette Braeckman has covered many conflicts and crisis situations around the world. She was particularly interested in Central Africa, following the end of the Mobutu regime, its disputes with Belgium and the two wars which marked the overthrow of the dictator, as well as the difficult advent of democracy. Since its inception, she has followed the genocide in Rwanda and its consequences in the Great Lakes region, in particular the use of rape as a weapon of war and the destabilization of eastern Congo during regional wars. His African experiences have inspired many books including The Dinosaur or The Zaire of Mobutu, History of a Genocide or The New Predators (Fayard editions). After writing The Man Who Repairs Women (editions Grip), a book devoted to Doctor Mukwege, she was co-author of the film of the same name directed by Thierry Michel. She contributes regularly to Le Monde diplomatique and to Politique internationale and has given numerous conferences. The University of Liege and the Catholic University of Bukavu awarded him the title of doctor honoris causa for his work on Africa.