Saturday, April 14, 2007

The Holocaust Museum, Sudan, and Google Earth

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum teamed up with Google Earth to provide Crisis in Darfur, an interactive map of the atrocities occurring in Darfur, Sudan.

According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum web site,

To date about 2,500,000 civilians, targeted because of their ethnic or racial identity, have been driven from their homes, more than 300,000 people killed, and more than 1,600 villages destroyed by Sudanese government soldiers and government-backed militias, known as the "Janjaweed." More than 200,000 Sudanese are refugees in neighboring Chad. The crisis continues as thousands more die each month from the effects of inadequate food, water, health care, and shelter in a harsh desert environment.

Now you can witness the destruction in Darfur via Google Earth. Zoom down and see what a burned village looks like from above, the vast tent cities of people displaced from their homes, and photographs on the ground of refugees struggling to survive. Read eyewitness testimony of atrocities in attacked villages. Visualize what genocide looks like today in Darfur.

A few months ago, I wrote a book review about They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The true story of three Lost Boys from Sudan. I highly recommend reading the book to gain additional perspective on the atrocities in Sudan.

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