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Each year Drone attacks causes to hundreds of civilian casualties in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq and other Mideast countries. The excuse is that drone attacks are still cause to less civilian casualties compare with field attacks but they are not … Drone attacks are illegal and against international law, Sovereignty of States and justice. There victims given no right to protect themselves in front of law, in most of cases there is no prove to criminality of person who been attacked. In addition, every year, hundreds of kids and innocent civilians are been killed in such attacks. (Figure 1)
A French artist has started a project in Pakistan to draw attention to these attacks. Take a look
In military slang, Predator drone operators often refer to kills as ‘bug splats’, since viewing the body through a grainy video image gives the sense of an insect being crushed.
To challenge this insensitivity as well as raise awareness of civilian casualties, an artist collective installed a massive portrait facing up in the heavily bombed Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa region of Pakistan, where drone attacks regularly occur. Now, when viewed by a drone camera, what an operator sees on his screen is not an anonymous dot on the landscape, but an innocent child victim’s face.
The installation is also designed to be captured by satellites in order to make it a permanent part of the landscape on online mapping sites.
The project is a collaboration of artists who made use of the French artist JR’s ‘Inside Out’ movement. Reprieve/Foundation for Fundamental Rights helped launch the effort which has been released with the hashtag #NotABugSplat
Children gather around the installation
Ground view of the gigantic poster of the child victim.
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.