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Miss Landmine: Beauty Pageant for Angolan Women Mutilated by Mines

After being ravaged by years of civil war, Angola is littered with thousands of landmines all over the country. In 23 years, over 80,000 people had died or lost limbs due to one wrong step.

To call attention to this problem and to raise funds to eliminate landmines, Norwegian artist Morten Traavik launched a "beauty pageant" called Miss Landmine, where 10 women competed for the title of most beautiful mutilated Angolan woman, and the first prize of a leg prosthesis.

International aid agencies, however, were not amused - they had called it a "freakshow."

Link - via Invisible Red


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That's still a LOT of people dead or mutilated by land mines. If we count 3,478 deaths per year (which is an upper limit since many don't actually die after stepping on a mine) that's about 1% of all deaths in Angola.
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Hmmm, so here we have real people. Not airbrushed, photoshopped, taped, trained, practiced or pampered. They lived through tragedy and trauma and came out smiling. Now tell me what is more beautiful than that?
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