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TEDxFlanders - Jan De Cock - Prison Travels

If we could nominate one person as a pure altruist, we'd pick Jan De Cock. He started his career as a teacher in an "open air" school in Flanders. After two years, he went to Chili for 3 years civil service, refusing to go to the army. He worked with (often glue addicted) street kids near Santiago -still during the reign of Pinochet- where he helped and taught them. After a short stay in Belgium, he went on a second epic journey. He decided to let himself locked up in prisons worldwide. To understand. To meet the people inside its walls and listen to their (often tragic) stories. Jan wrote these stories down and in 2003 "Hotel Prison" was published, gripping the hearts of readers. Jan continued his journey and arrived in Congo. His book "De Kelders Van De Congo" ("The cellars of the Congo") relates the stories of Kitakya, who remembers, at age 87 how a murderer was wrapped in banana leaves and burned; of Julienne, who made illegal kintiki; the story of the guard who used the stick to punish drug users, while smoking most himself and many many more... Recorded at the Antwerp Zoo on September 5th 2010. More information: www.tedxflanders.be About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
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