Google Earth and the Darfur Genocide


What began as the pet project of a few enthusiastic users has grown into a corporate-backed initiative demonstrating Google Earth’s potential as a live-saving humanitarian tool.

The Crisis in Darfur project is a downloadable set of layers for Google Earth which combines high-resolution satellite images of Darfur with photographs and first-hand accounts of the genocide currently underway in the region. Users of Google’s 3-D world atlas can zoom in on burned-out Sudanese villages, read the stories of the victims and see stunning arial shots of massive refugee camps in Eastern Chad.