In Pakistan, Giant Portrait Puts Face on Drone Strikes

TOPSHOTS-PAKISTAN-FRANCE-UNREST-DRONES-ART
HO—AFP/Getty Images
In this undated handout photograph, a poster bearing the image of a Pakistani girl whose parents, lawyers say, were killed in a drone strike, lies in a field at an undisclosed location in the northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

A group of artists in northwest Pakistan have installed a huge skyward-facing poster of a young child in a field to help raise awareness for the many victims of drone attacks in the region. The image shows a Pakistani girl whose parents, lawyers say, were killed in a drone strike.

Unveiled two weeks ago in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region, the work was made with the help of French street artist JR, and is titled #NotABugSplat — a reference to the term “bug splat” used in U.S. military parlance to refer to victims of drone attacks.

Since 2004, Pakistan’s tribal districts on the border with Afghanistan — which are home to Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants — have been subject to numerous drone attacks. According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, these strikes have killed at least 2,296 people and 416 civilians.


Richard Conway is Reporter/Producer for TIME LightBox. Follow him on twitter @RichardJConway


Related Topics: , , , , ,

Latest Posts

APTOPIX Police Shooting Missouri

Pictures of the Week: Aug. 15 – Aug. 22

From ongoing unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and the killing of Hamas leaders in Gaza to Pope Francis' visit to South Korea and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

Read More
Fabien Baron, Follow Friday

#LightBoxFF: Building a Fine Art Feed with Fabien Baron

Japan, Okuma, 2014.Inside the Central Control Room for Reactor 1 and 2 which both had a meltdown and exploded after the earthquake and tsunami hit the east coast of japan in 2011.

See Inside Fukushima’s Lethal Reactor

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 15,556 other followers