Racism and Corona: An Uphill Battle for Italy's Beach Vendors

Racism and Corona: An Uphill Battle for Italy's Beach Vendors

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Soda, 19, just before beginning her workday on the beach. "Look at the beach. It's totally empty."
Soda, 19, just before beginning her workday on the beach. "Look at the beach. It's totally empty."


Soda, 19, just before beginning her workday on the beach. “Look at the beach. It’s totally empty.”


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Claudia Corrent/ DER SPIEGEL




Normally, the beaches near Venice are full in the summer. This year, though, there aren't many tourists around.
Normally, the beaches near Venice are full in the summer. This year, though, there aren't many tourists around.


Normally, the beaches near Venice are full in the summer. This year, though, there aren’t many tourists around.


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Claudia Corrent/ DER SPIEGEL




Beach entertainment: Women who have booked a bit of sand aerobics.
Beach entertainment: Women who have booked a bit of sand aerobics.


Beach entertainment: Women who have booked a bit of sand aerobics.


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Claudia Corrent/ DER SPIEGEL


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Junes says he has been forced to give up his room in Padua and is now living out of a car parked behind the dunes.
Junes says he has been forced to give up his room in Padua and is now living out of a car parked behind the dunes.


Junes says he has been forced to give up his room in Padua and is now living out of a car parked behind the dunes.


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Claudia Corrent/ DER SPIEGEL




Junes says he travels back home to Casablanca once every two years.
Junes says he travels back home to Casablanca once every two years.


Junes says he travels back home to Casablanca once every two years.


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The Venice flag blowing in the wind and all the boats on the beach: Business has been slow this summer.
The Venice flag blowing in the wind and all the boats on the beach: Business has been slow this summer.


The Venice flag blowing in the wind and all the boats on the beach: Business has been slow this summer.


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Claudia Corrent/ DER SPIEGEL




Junes wears a supportive wrap on his knee due to the amount of walking he does every day.
Junes wears a supportive wrap on his knee due to the amount of walking he does every day.


Junes wears a supportive wrap on his knee due to the amount of walking he does every day.


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Claudia Corrent/ DER SPIEGEL


This piece is part of the Global Societies series. The project runs for three years and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


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