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In La Paz, Bolivia, being a shoeshiner carries a social stigma, therefore they wear masks to protect their identity.
bolivia, la paz, street, shoeshiner, facade, wall, city, south america, children, people, decay
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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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26th December 2011
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