Google to spotlight Darfur crisis

Google Earth annotates its Sudan maps with details of violence in the Darfur region.

    Flames mark destroyed vllages in Google Earth's new maps of Sudan's Darfur region (Google.com)

    'Hope to raise awareness'
     
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    "Darfur does not require any extenal forces what it requires is food and other aids helping the people engage in peaceful means of livelihood"

    M.W.Thimiri, NRW, Germany

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    The project's organisers says that they hope the initiative will help draw attention to obscure conflicts in little known parts of the world.
     
    "When it comes to responding to genocide, the world's record is terrible. We hope this important initiative with Google will make it that much harder for the world to ignore those who need us the most," Sara Bloomfield, the director of the Holocaust Museum, said in a statement.
     
    "At Google, we believe technology can be a catalyst for education and action," Elliot Schrage, Google's vice president, said in a statement.
     
    The United Nations estimates that more than 200,000 people have been killed in the Darfur region in fighting between the government-backed forces and local people.
     
    More than 2.5 million people are also believed to have been displaced in the violence.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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