Gemma Tracee Apiku

I spent many years of my childhood, from the age of 3 to 10, in various refugee camps in southern Sudan (Yei). When I found myself a young refugee little did it occur to me that I was indeed going through one of the most testing processes in international politics. I later came to learn that when my family and I fled through the hills and bushes of the Uganda/Sudan border, we were escaping a disastrous internal armed conflict.

The refugee experience had a major impact on my approach to life and my way of thinking as I became mature enough to understand the different ways in which both local and international politics can affect the lives of individuals. At an early age, I harboured thoughts of becoming a humanitarian worker and helping war victims, internally displaced persons or vulnerable persons going through similar situations to those I went through during my childhood. To date however, nothing has changed my resolve to eventually work within a humanitarian environment and this is why I have enrolled for a course that I hope will enable me to develop the skills and practical knowledge to fulfill my ambition.

Gemma Tracee Apiku

Gemma studied MA Development and Emergency Practice with the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) in the School of Architecture

I have enrolled for a course that I hope will enable me to develop the skills and practical knowledge to fulfill my ambition.