Angolan mine victom wins beauty contest

A woman who lost part of her leg when she stepped on a booby trap bomb has won Angola’s Miss Landmine Survivor contest.

A woman who lost part of her leg when she stepped on a booby trap bomb has won Angola’s Miss Landmine Survivor contest.

Eighteen women took part in the beauty pageant in Luanda, the capital. The contest was open to women maimed in land mine explosions and was devised to raise awareness of their plight.

The women posed in long gowns and in swimsuits during the televised show. They all wore artificial limbs.

Angola’s 20-year civil war ended six years ago but as many as eight million land mines remain buried there, claiming at least 300 victims a year in Angola.

The minister for family affairs Candida Celeste said the event would help people left disabled by the war to regain their self-esteem. There are around 80,000 amputees in Angola, most of them victims of land mines.

“They showed that they can, that they are able,” she said after the contest. “This will provide encouragement to all those left invalid by the war.”

The contestants were chosen by organisers from each of the country’s 18 provinces.

The winner, Augusta Urica, 31, will get a custom-made artificial limb. She also got £1.250 and a variety of domestic appliances.

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