Anne Ackermann

documentary photographer & photojournalist
  
Bishara loves Hassan
Location: Speyer
Nationality: Germany
Biography: Anne Ackermann is a documentary photographer based in Germany working worldwide. Her work often focuses on women’s and contemporary issues, touching themes ranging from migration and aftermath to skin bleaching and plastic surgery, from... read on
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Bishara loves Hassan
Bishara loves Hassan and Hassan loves Bishara.

But between them lie 6000 kilometers, asylum laws, and ‘ Somali Culture’. They have not seen each for 5,5 years. Both originally from Somalia, they fell in love when Hassan was already on his way from Uganda to Europe as a refugee crossing the Mediterranean like so many others. Ever since then their love consists of telephone calls and thousands of Whats app messages.

In Kampala, Bishara lives with three of her sisters, her mother and grandmother in Kisenyi, a neighbourhood in Kampala, nicknamed 'Little Mogadishu'. Their flat is small and rather dark. Bishara works as a cashier in a gas station, she makes 150 USD per month for 12 hours of work every day. She wants to be a journalist, even better an anchorwoman. Hassan makes an apprenticeship as a painter. He has a small flat in a village in Bavaria for which the German social service pays.

Marriage is their only legal way to be together. Marriage is expensive, especially in Somalia.

-How much do you need for your dream wedding, Hassan?
-20.000 USD.
-How much do you have?
-Not enough.

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