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The portrait as seen from above. / #NotABugSplat

Artists are giving a face to drone strike victims in Pakistan with a giant portrait of a young girl. The portrait is part of a project called #NotABugSplat.

In military slang, drone operators call their targets bug splats, "since viewing the body through a grainy video image gives the sense of an insect being crushed," according to the project's website.

The 90-by-60-foot poster was unfurled last month in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in northwest Pakistan, a region that has seen "plenty of drone activity," said Ali Rez, one of the Pakistani artists behind #NotABugSplat, in an e-mail to USA TODAY Network.

According to Reprieve/Foundation for Fundamental Rights, which provided the image, the girl had lost both her parents and siblings to a drone strike. The project does not identify the girl or provide her age.

Drone strikes in Pakistan have totaled 383 since 2004, killing an estimated 2,300 to 3,700 people, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

The people behind the project include artists from France, Pakistan and the United States, Rez said.

"We would like to see children and innocent civilians in the region lead normal, peaceful lives without fear," Rez said. "And we would like to deliver this message in the most peaceful way possible: With just one picture."

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