Holocaust Museum, Google Highlight Darfur Atrocities

The U.S. Holocaust Museum and Google Earth have teamed up to bring satellite map images of the effects of the atrocities in the Darfur region of the Sudan, the Associated Press reported yesterday.

Holocaust Museum and Google Earth executives say the project, called the Crisis in Darfur, will bring the acts of what many believe is genocide into the homes, offices and on computer screens worldwide to emphasize the violence in hopes of building support to end it. Users can zoom into villages to see burnt houses, and into refugee camps to view the crowded conditions. Photographs, statistics and eyewitness testimony are also included. Google Earth has more than 200 million users.

According to the Holocaust Museum's web site, "Crisis in Darfur is the first project of the museum’s Genocide Prevention Mapping Initiative that will over time include information on potential genocides allowing citizens, governments, and institutions to access information on atrocities in their nascent stages and respond."

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