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Artists Appeal to Hearts and Minds of Drone Operators With Giant Photo

Posted on Apr 7, 2014

Drones flying over a field in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan will see a tragic portrait staring back at them.

The face of a little girl who lost her parents and siblings to a drone strike is meant to make the human drone operators more conscious of their victims. The campaign, which was organized by a collective of artists, goes by the hashtag #NotABugSplat. That’s a reference to military slang for drone victims seen from far above.

The location of the image, which is clearly visible from the air, is no accident. According to the Council on Foreign Relations via The Verge, in 2013 alone, drones killed 253 people in the region.

The child featured in the poster is nameless, but according to FFR, lost both her parents and two young siblings in a drone attack.

The group of artists traveled inside KPK province and, with the assistance of highly enthusiastic locals, unrolled the poster amongst mud huts and farms. It is their hope that this will create empathy and introspection amongst drone operators, and will create dialogue amongst policy makers, eventually leading to decisions that will save innocent lives.

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