Hoping to earn back some of the positive public sentiment lost with the mistaken changes to Katrina satellite images, Google Earth is shining a bright light on the atrocities going on in the Darfur region of Sudan.
In a project with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, inaugurated Tuesday, the Internet search company has updated its Google Earth service with high resolution satellite images of the region to document destroyed villages, displaced people and refugee camps.
Anyone who’s downloaded the Google Earth software will find icons over the Darfur region representing destroyed villages with flames and refugee camps with tents.
When users zoom in to a level of magnification that keeps most of Darfur on a computer screen, the icons seem to indicate that much of the region is on fire. Clicking on flame icons will open windows with the village’s name and statistics on the extent of destruction.
It’s a bold, and commendable, move by Google to highlight an issue that many are unaware of and Sudanese officials deny.
Visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum site for more information.