|Title||NOT A BUG SPLAT|
|Brand||REPRIEVE / FOUNDATION FOR FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS|
|Product / Service||DRONE STRIKES COLLATERAL DAMAGE AWARENESS|
|Entrant||BBDO PAKISTAN Lahore, PAKISTAN|
|Entrant Company||BBDO PAKISTAN Lahore, PAKISTAN|
|Advertising Agency||BBDO PAKISTAN Lahore, PAKISTAN|
|Production Company||BRAVE NEW FILMS Culver City, USA|
|Assam Khalid||BBDO Pakistan||Strategic Planning Director|
|Ali Rez||BBDO Pakistan||Creative Director/Concept|
|Aamir Allibhoy||BBDO Pakistan||General Manager|
|Imran Arif Khan||Photographer|
|Qasim Nagori||18% Grey||Retoucher|
|Faisal Durrani||BBDO Pakistan||Deputy General Manager|
|Sohaib Zahid Umar||BBDO Pakistan||Planning Manager|
Drone operators sitting thousands of miles away rely on images captured from a drone or satellite camera to monitor ground activity. To them, from that far above, most humans appear as tiny insects scurrying around - hence the military phrase 'Bug Splats' to describe casualties. We needed to change this insensitivity brought about due to the distance, and create empathy and understanding.
Since 2004, drone strikes in Pakistan have killed an estimated 3500+ people, a disturbing percentage of which have been innocent civilians. Including more than 200 children. The Foundation for Fundamental Rights has been working to raise awareness of this crisis. Drone operators routinely describe their casualties as 'Bug Splats' since viewing a human from far above gives the sense of an insect being crushed. Our strategy was to not only address pilots directly and create dialogue, but also raise awareness globally of this otherwise ignored human-rights issue.
We decided to speak directly to drone operators. A large-scale portrait of a child affected by an attack was laid on the ground facing up in the heavily bombed area of NorthWestern Pakistan, so a drone camera could capture and transmit it directly to an operator's screen, thereby engaging them in a direct dialogue. To raise awareness, the campaign - part of French artist JR's Inside Out movement - was put online with the hashtag #NotABugSplat and a website with information about drone strikes. The poster is also designed to be photographed by mapping satellites.
We went viral overnight around the world. Thousands of tweets, dozens of blogs, and massive coverage in the world press spread awareness rapidly. 104 million impressions in the news and 11 million impressions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram helped us gain $2,000,000+ in earned media. The news was tweeted by members of National Assembly of Pakistan, who have raised the concern of drone strikes with the International Court of Justice. Rights activists in Yemen and USA have also picked up the campaign. And a new US Government Accountability report indicates that negative publicity is now affecting pilot morale.