Pakistani Girl's Face Greets US Drone Operators
Artists unfurl huge poster to deter airstrikes
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2014 3:48 PM CDT
An image of the work, #NotaBugSplat, by an artists' collective including the French artist JR.   (notabugsplat.com)

(Newser) – In a field in Pakistan, an international group of artists has installed a huge portrait of a girl's face to remind US drone operators who's really living down there, Yahoo reports. Locals helped unroll the 90'x60' poster two weeks ago in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa area of northwest Pakistan, where drone strikes are reportedly common. The installation, called #NotaBugSplat, was inspired by drone operators' term for kills—"bug splats," says the project's website. "A grainy video image gives the sense of an insect being crushed," but now operators will see "an innocent child victim’s face," the site says.

The child went unnamed but apparently lost both parents and two young siblings in a drone strike. "We don't know if [the image] is still there or not," said a project rep, after villagers were encouraged to use the fabric for practical purposes like roofing. But it's getting attention now, after some 900 civilians may have been killed in 330 drone strikes over the past 10 years, according to Amnesty International (journalists have estimated the death toll at up to 3,646, RT.com reports). What's more, the collective that created the image—made up of artists from Pakistan, France, and the US—considers itself at risk in Pakistan and refused to divulge their names. "This area is pretty dangerous," the project rep said.

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Chris Farley
Apr 9, 2014 12:43 PM CDT
So for the really smart commenters. The definition of a terrorist is using violence, fear of violence for POLITICAL gain or change. who or what is using fear and violence for political change?
Chris Farley
Apr 9, 2014 12:40 PM CDT
Obama suporting Isreali response to rockets from palistine "No country would allow rockets to rain down from outside its boarders". but by now we know everything he says is sideways.
Veritas
Apr 8, 2014 10:30 PM CDT
its ok that Americans use drones to kill people as long as Obama kills people that's ok if it was Bush...man the whole world would be in a uproar...