Miss Landmine: Everyone Has the Right To Be Beautiful

Miss Landmine: Everyone Has the Right To Be Beautiful


A controversial beauty pageant for the victims of Cambodia's millions of landmines has been cancelled
after the government denounced it as "a mockery" of the victims. The
winner of the Miss Landmine contest was to receive a crown and prosthetic limb. The event's organizer, a Norwegian
director, said it was aimed at raising awareness of the dangers posed
by Cambodia's millions of still-unexploded landmines, and at turning victims into survivors. To see the
contestants go here. 

"The idea to raise awareness is very good," said Kek Galabru of the local rights group Licadho. "But maybe there
is another way.... It will not be a beauty contest, it will be a contest
of suffering."


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