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This is a message for US drone pilots: we are not bugs | Public Radio International

US military and CIA drone operators are believed to refer to casualties in Afghanistan as “bug splats” — because of the lack of detail visible on a remote camera screen.

An artist collective erected this photo exhibit in Pakistan to remind drone operators that their targets are real people. According to a report, the nameless child pictured lost her parents and her siblings to a drone attack. (photo: Reprieve/Foundation for Fundamental Rights/NotABugSplat.com)

An artist collective erected this photo exhibit in Pakistan to remind drone operators that their targets are real people. According to a report, the nameless child pictured lost her parents and her siblings to a drone attack. (photo: Reprieve/Foundation for Fundamental Rights/NotABugSplat.com)

A new blog claims to have documented the work of artists who are attempting to present a clearer view of drone strike victims to the remote pilots. They have laid out a giant photograph in a field showing a girl whose parents and two siblings were killed in a drone attack. It’s not clear who the artists are, or even where they’re based, but the results are striking.

For more on this story, visit: This is a message for US drone pilots: we are not bugs | Public Radio International.

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