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Empirical research on wartime abduction and sexual violence presents multiple challenges. Researchers travel to conflict contexts to speak with survivors yet accessing and engaging them is difficult. Many years of recovery may have already passed, or stigmatization may compel them to keep a low profile. Even after finding ways of accessing them, re-traumatization and research fatigue might make them, and their families, want to distance themselves from research projects. This chapter draws upon my fieldwork in Uganda, working with formerly abducted women and survivors of sexual violence. It reflects on experience working with these women and their communities to find an acceptable compromise between obtaining high-quality information, limiting the inherent risks involved with obtaining this data and reconciling with research ethics and practical challenges. The central argument is that research methods, ethics, and fieldwork practices need to be adapted in culturally and experientially sensitive ways to keep the survivors safe and the research on ethically solid ground. The chapter discusses the challenges and dilemmas of accessing and interacting with formerly abducted women and the layered effects of my positionality, privilege, and power.

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