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In La Paz, Bolivia, being a shoeshiner carries a social stigma, therefore they wear masks to protect their identity.

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    Appelover 3 years ago

    These are just so sad!! Something about it just strikes my heart! Reminds me of those who had leprosy in Bible times and how they were outcasts; I believe that’s still the case today. But leprosy is a disease and this is just a job! Do you know why there is a social stigma with shoeshiners?

  • Thanks for your comment Ann! Sorry I didn’t answer before but somehow I missed it… You’re right, it’s very sad and that’s still the case; I think this kind of stigma is just a form of prejudice, the same way as we have racism, homophobia or anything else; it’s difficult sometimes to determine the origins of these kind of attitudes…

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