An artists collective has unfurled a massive poster showing a child’s face in a heavily bombed area of Pakistan in the hopes that it will give pause to drone operators searching the area for kills.
According to #notabugsplat, named after the description given to kills on the ground when viewed through grainy video footage, the artists – with help of villagers – unfurled the giant poster in a field in the Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa region of Pakistan.
The hope is that it will increase awareness of drone operators of human cost, or ‘collateral damage’, when drones are used to attack targets on the ground.
The massive poster is also large enough to be captured by satellites collecting landscapes for online mapping sites.
#notabugssplat claims the installation was done with the help of artists associated with French artist JR’s ‘Inside Out’ movement.
According to the Foundation for Fundamental Rights, the nameless child featured in the poster lost both her parents and two young siblings in a drone attack.
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