Giant Poster of Girl Aims To Make Remote Aircraft Operators Think Before They Bomb
A giant poster of a girl, specially designed to be captured by satellites, was set up in a village in the northwest of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region, which is close to the border with Afghanistan to draw the attention to the pilot-less aircraft attacks killing innocent people including children.
Amnesty International suggest 900 people have been killed by strikes in Pakistan since 2004, including 330 children. A representative for the group behind the project said: ‘Although there is awareness for drone attacks, it’s rarely humanized.’
In an email to Yahoo News they added: ‘This installation is our attempt at showing that.’ The unidentified girl is said to have lost her two siblings along with both her parents in an attack.
You’re killing people, not splatting bugs!
‘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.’ They also want the image to become part of mapping sites.
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