The US Holocaust Museum and Google are using technology to alert the world to the atrocities taking place in Darfur.
Google Earth has been updated with high-resolution satellite images of the Darfur region of the Sudan, documenting destroyed villages, displaced people and refugee camps.
More than 200 000 people have been killed and 2,5-million displaced in the area over the last four years.
Crisis in Darfur enables more than 200-million Google Earth users worldwide to visualise and better understand the genocide currently unfolding in Darfur.
"Educating today’s generation about the atrocities of the past and present can be enhanced by technologies such as Google Earth. 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," says Sara Bloomfield, director of the US Holocaust Museum.
Google Earth has been updated with high-resolution satellite images of the region, which are highlighted with icons of flames representing destroyed villages or tents to show 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.
Users can also link back to a Holocaust museum presentation on the crisis in the region with photos, video, historical background and testimony on atrocities.