Explainer: Why is Northern Cyprus not a real country?
19 June 2022 | 12:15 pm
In Northern Cyprus, a booming industry in higher education has lured many African students with the chance to work in Europe. Unfortunately, many of these students end up saddled with debt and left vulnerable to loan sharks and human traffickers.
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