PERU: Better than Cockleburs

After Sunday Mass in their Peruvian village, Toribio Condori and his wife slipped off their shoes to walk home in comfort. On the way, Toribio cut his toe badly on a rock. While he howled, his wife told him how lucky he was. "If you had not taken them off," and she pointed to the shoes dangling over his arm, "you would have ruined them."

Toribio and his wife, like others among the half of Peru's 4,000,000 Indians who have accepted the idea of foot covering, ordinarily wear cheap sandals made of llama skin or slabs of old tires. For...

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