Augusta Urica, one of the two crowned “Miss Landmine Angola 2008” on April 2nd this year, has been talking of her disappointment at the broken promises, namely that she would be awarded “a house, a car and a brand new custom-made prosthesis,” by the competition organisers.
In a recent interview to the Portuguese news agency, Lusa, Augusta, the winner of the jury’s vote, expressed her sadness and frustration at the impossibility, as the year almost draws to a close, of fulfilling her own promises to help other surviving victims of landmines during her “reign”, as the winners of conventional beauty pageants usually do because, unlike them, she wasn’t given so far all she was made to believe she was entitled to.
“I would like to visit the orthopaedic centres, but I cannot do that empty-handed. People are always expecting something and that is complicated. I live in a poor peripheral neighbourhood of Luanda (Morro Bento) in rented accomodation and would like to have my own house, but the money I received (5,300 dollars) is not enough to buy a plot to build one, so I’m keeping it in the bank. I sometimes don’t even have money for transport,” she complained.