Google Earth and Darfur

I found this CNN article interesting about a recent collaboration between Google and the Holocaust Museum to use the satellite technology of Google Earth to map out the atrocities in Darfur for educative purposes:

The new initiative, called “Crisis in Darfur,” enables Google Earth users to visualize the details in the region, including the destruction of villages and the location of displaced persons in refugee camps.

Elliot Schrage, Google’s vice president of global communications and public affairs, joined museum director Sara J. Bloomfield to make the official announcement about the new feature.

“At Google, we believe technology can be a catalyst for education and action,” Schrage said. ” ‘Crisis in Darfur’ will enable Google Earth users to visualize and learn about the destruction in Darfur as never before and join the museum’s efforts in responding to this continuing international catastrophe.”

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More than 1,600 damaged and destroyed villages will be visible, as will the remnants of more than 100,000 homes, schools, mosques and other structures destroyed by the Janjaweed militia and Sudanese forces.

The Holocaust museum also has compiled a collection of photos, data and eyewitness testimony from its archives and number of sources, including the U.S. State Department, nongovernmental organizations, the United Nations and individual photographers. That material also will be available when Google Earth users visit the Darfur site.