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Massive Art Installation Puts A Face On The Cost Of Drone Strikes

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A massive installation by an artist collective in Pakistan aims to put a face on the cost of drone strikes in the region.

The military slang for drone kills is “bug splats.”

In an attempt to raise awareness of civilian casualties, artists have collaborated under the hashtag NotABugSplat to install huge portraits on the lanscape in the Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa region of Pakistan, where drone attacks take place regularly.

Inspired by French artist JR’s “Inside Out” movement, the Reprieve/Foundation for Fundamental Rights helped to organize the Pakistan installation.

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FFR claims the image pictured above is that of a nameless child who lost both of her parents and young siblings in a drone strike.

The group said the locals were enthusiastic to help them unrolled the poster across huts and farmland.

Designed to be large enough to be picked up by satellites they hope it is a permanent part of the landscape.

The artists hope the image "will create empathy and introspection amongst drone operators, and will create dialogue amongst policy makers, eventually leading to decisions that will save innocent lives.”

Sources: The Guardian, Business Insider