The Last of the “Shoe-shiners”, Hysen Hasani to be Immortalized in the Streets of Sarajevo

By: Valon Xoxa    January 20, 2014

Sarajevan’s today bring flowers to the spot (Tito’s street) where the city’s last shoeshiner used to exercise his art. Hysen Hasani or better known as “Uncle Miso” left Ferizaj, Kosovo in 1946 together with his parents and today he is immortalized in the streets of Sarajevo for the work he has done. 

Hysen Hasani, had died of a heart attack at the age of 83, however to the people of Sarajevo, it seems that his presence will be ever lasting. There were a pair of shoes set ,as if waiting to be polished, in front of the chair, the spot where people paid their last tribute to the last shoe shiner. People placed flowers and lit candles, many of them stopped and said a prayer in his remembrance.

Born in Ferizaj, Hysen Hasani and his parents had arrived in Sarajevo in 1946, at that time a teenager, he had quickly inherited the skills and art of the profession from his father. People remember Mr. Hasani , known as Miso, as a gentle man, dedicated to his work. Even during the 90’s war and siege of Sarajevo, Miso offered his service while carefully dodging flying bullets.

A petition has begun with a noble cause of raising a statue in remembrance of Miso. The petition had a quick jump-start of 5000 signatures on the first day!

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Valon Xoxa

Valon Xoxa is a staff member of He holds a bachelor degree from Westminster College (MO) in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology. Currently resides in Prishtina, and is a freelance contributor and editor at With an interest in contemporary culture, he seeks to find and incorporate articles from the Kosovar Diaspora that would shed light upon the interesting characteristics of this important global community. He has published a research article through UNDP’s School on Human Development titled “Mobility and Public Participation: A Case Study of the Kosovar Diaspora”, where a rather interesting Andersonian perspective is taken at understanding the Internet as a national identity creation medium.

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