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Miss Land mine Survivor is a contest to be held next month in Angola. The country remains littered with land mines from a 27-year civil war that ended in 2002. All contestants are victims of land mine explosions. The contest hopes to raise awareness to the rich and powerful that there is still plenty of work to be done as well as raise self esteem for those maimed by the mines.

The Miss Landmine Manifesto reads: “female pride and empowerment, disabled pride and empowerment, global and local landmine awareness and information, challenge inferiority and/or guilt complexes that hinder creativity … question established concepts of physical perfection, challenge old and ingrown concepts of cultural cooperation, celebrate true beauty, replace the passive term ‘Victim’ with the active term ‘Survivor.'”

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