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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Google Earth focuses on genocide in Sudan

Google zooming in on Darfur

Google Earth has updated satellite images of the Darfur region of Sudan to document destroyed villages, displaced people and refugee camps. Using icons to represent destroyed villages with flames and refugee camps with tents, users can click on the icons to get more information about the extent of the destruction. Google Earth has high resolution satellite images for parts of the region so that users can zoom in to see the burnt remains of homes.

This article in Australia's Herald Sun paper discusses the project as a partnership between Google and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum to document the genocide, human rights violations and other atrocities in Darfur. Estimates from the United Nations state that more than 2.5 million have been displaced and 200,000 people killed over four years.

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