Anne Ackermann

documentary photographer & photojournalist
   
Education Island
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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Education Island
Credits: anne ackermann
Updated: 06/22/20
In the tiny self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) over 100,000 
mostly international students are currently enrolled in a total of 20 universities, 
hence its nickname: “education island”.    

The revenues from these students, of which as many as 20,000 come from African countries, 
are the backbone of the economy of this internationally unrecognized piece of land. 

Many of the young Africans were brought to the island by malicious agents advertising 
free scholarships for “studying in Europe”. Yet this is not Europe. 

While they struggle to pay tuition fees and cover the high costs of living, 
many face racism, economic hardship and a general feeling of being stuck. 
When going back home is not an option and the gates to Europe are closed, 
life on a “no man’s island” often gets tough.                                    
    
The project was made possible by the #blueborder reporting project 
by Café Babel. There is an english text available.                                                            
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PERSPEKTIVEN / DAAD

By Anne Ackermann — Selected images from an assignment for DAAD ( Germany Academic Exchange Service) on refugees'..
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Garden Days

By Anne Ackermann — Since Covid-19 and the start of the semi lockdown in Germany I have spent more uninterrupted time with my..
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Wakaliwood

By Anne Ackermann — It’s not Hollywood, not Bollywood, not Nollywood, it’s Wakaliwood! Located in the Kampala slum..
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Behind Veils and Walls

By Anne Ackermann — 'Behind Veils and Walls' reveals the lives of female Somali refugees living in exile and the quest..
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Sunbeams

By Anne Ackermann — A Corona diary in progress Our days are spent at home. On most mornings sunbeams fall through the windows..
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Inclusion in Cameroon

By Anne Ackermann — Nearly 80 % of people with disabilities live the world’s poorest countries. Inclusion is a human..
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Beatrice

By Anne Ackermann — A tale on the aftermath of civil war in Northern Uganda and some of its protagonists. Supported by a grant..
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Gertrude

By Anne Ackermann — Gertrude, Uganda, 2015 In Uganda, giving birth is predominantly a women-only affair. In a society where..
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Full Speed Ladies

By Anne Ackermann — When Nnenna and Jemmy ride their motorcycles through the busy streets of the megacity of Lagos in Nigeria,..
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Costumes

By Anne Ackermann — “Costume is the distinctive style of dress of an individual or group that reflects their class,..
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Gloria

By Anne Ackermann — A tale on the aftermath of civil war in Northern Uganda and some of its protagonists. Supported by a grant..
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Lake Turkana

By Anne Ackermann — Lake Turkana at the utmost north of Kenya is most likely the place where mankind started: In the 1970s..
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Plastica

By Anne Ackermann — Plástica, Rio de Janeiro, 2009 I have produced my portraits of women who received plastic surgery..
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House of Pasha

By Anne Ackermann — My work ‘House of Pasha’ looks at cultural views and expectations on women in Albania using..
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Christine

By Anne Ackermann — A tale on the aftermath of civil war in Northern Uganda and some of its protagonists. Supported by a grant..
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Lady Sharia

By Anne Ackermann — A tale on the aftermath of civil war in Northern Uganda and some of its protagonists. Supported by a grant..
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Ladies first!

By Anne Ackermann — In numbers, it looks so beautiful, the new world of gender-equality in Rwanda. 64 % of the members of..
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Gulu Youth

By Anne Ackermann — A tale on the aftermath of civil war in Northern Uganda and some of its protagonists. Supported by a grant..
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Lake Turkana

By Anne Ackermann / lake turkana — Lake Turkana at the utmost north of Kenya is most likely the place where mankind started: In the 1970s..
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White Blacks

By Anne Ackermann / Kampala — This project is about the harmful practice of skin lightening in black African women. Skin lightening has..
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