procrastination, heresy, and navel-gazing.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Miss Landmine 2008

coming to my attention was the miss landmine context, according to Fox, combining Angola's 1/ love for beauty pageants, and 2/ the devastating toll of Landmines in that country.

from my previous life as a prosthetist, this is both encouraging, yet saddening. the winner receives a top-notch limb from a scandinavian prosthetics supplier. it does seem a bit tokenistic, but when you look at the stats for the distribution and continued supply, you wonder whether, on a human level, much more can be done.

listed as 'partners' in the contest are the countries who continue to produce landmines*:
  • Burma
  • Iran
  • Russia
  • Cuba
  • Korea (N/S)
  • Singapore
  • China
  • Nepal
  • U.S.A.
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Vietnam

* Landmine Monitor 2006

how i long for the day when the promise made to Isaiah is fulfilled (25:8):
He will swallow up death forever;
and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces,
and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth,
for the Lord has spoken.

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