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17 March - 25 March | Nationwide | Fly Kites Not Drones 2018

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Why fly kites not drones?

Killer drones have fast become the preferred weapon of choice for politicians who use them daily to conduct assassinations, execution without trial. A drone pilot is thousands of miles away, at the touch of a button and without judge or jury people are executed. No right to a fair trial, no opportunity for legal defence or a chance to present evidence.

Nearly 90% of people killed in recent drone strikes were not the target.

Fly Kites Not Drones was launched 5 years ago by the Afghan Peace Volunteers who had personal experience of innocent family members killed by drones. The threat of armed drones now means that children in Afghanistan are too afraid to fly their kites and blue skies are a sight of fear.

The campaign is now international and an act of solidarity towards all children who live under the threat and psychological trauma of weaponised drones.

Who we need:

Peace groups, youth groups, community centres, schools, universities, mosques, churches, woodcraft folk and anyone who wants to show solidarity in the face of the extremely concerning issue of armed drones.

What & When:

This year’s activities are to, make, buy, find, borrow, and decorate a kite, do it Afghan style and make a wish to send into the sky for Now Roz – Persian New Year 21st March (or around that date).

Kite flying is fun wherever you try it, in a park, on the beach, an open space or next to a military base, just try to stay clear of trees, lamp posts and overhead power lines!

Contact us:

Let us know the date, time and place of your action and we'll make a Facebook page on Fly Kites Not Drones, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tweet your photos @kitesnotdrones #FlyKitesNotDrones

For resources:

T Shirts, Badges, Briefings, Leaflets emails [email protected]This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read more: https://theintercept.com/drone-papers/

See the launch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8hlqfDGoAI&t=1s

Kite flying in Kabul: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWNXWgzpAls

Peace group fly kites: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyNM8bXw-qY

Educational workshop:

The campaign was made into a peace education pack which is free to download and easy to use: www.flykitesnotdrones.org