Eunice Apio

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Biography

Dr Eunice Otuko Apio is a Research Fellow in Gender and Transitional Justice at the University of Birmingham. She has been involved in Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration programmes in northern Uganda since 2001. She is the founder of Facilitation for Peace and Development, a human rights and development NGO based in northern Uganda. Eunice was a recipient of the Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship at the University of Birmingham (UK) and All Saints University Lango (Uganda) in 2012/2014. During her Fellowship, she theorized war/conflict related births in northern Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone. Her main research interests include persons born as a result of coercive, exploitative and violent sexual relations in war zones, forced wives, gender, ethnicity and kinship. Eunice’s PhD thesis is entitled ‘Children Born of War in Northern Uganda: Kinship, Marriage and the Politics of Post-conflict Reintegration in Lango Society’ (for an on-line version, see EThOS http://www.ethos.ac.uk/, the British Library operated UK e-theses service). In her free time, Eunice is an advocate and uses creative writing and conferences to communicate issues that affect vulnerable populations. She delivered a brief as a representative of Civil Society during the UN Security Council’s Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict on 18 June 2015. Her 2018 novel, Zura Maids (Femrite Publications) creatively explores the experiences of victims/survivors of human trafficking in an African context.

Research interests

Eunice has built her research experience on the subject of children born of sexual violence in war and conflict zones. She has worked on the case of children born of the Lord’s Resistance Army both for her Master’s and PhD dissertations. Her research benefits strongly from many years of experience working in DDR programmes in northern Uganda. Currently Eunice is working with Dr Janine N. Clark on a five year comparative study of resilience in survivors of war and sexual violence in Bosnia-Hercegovina, Colombia, and Uganda. The project is being funded through a European Research Council Consolidator Grant.