A layer called “Crisis in Darfur” for Google Earth illustrates the visible evidence of genocide from satellite photos, and documented accounts, occurring in the Darfur region of Sudan. The destruction of villages is clearly visible in satellite imagery of the region, and is further illustrated through pictures and interviews with refugees. The layer was first introduced in 2007 and was even praised for raising awareness of the issues by President Bush, and many others around the world. The layer was created by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM).
Last week, the USHMM, in partnership with Google, released an updated version of the Crisis in Darfur layer which shows more than 3,300 villages destroyed throughout Darfur. Using the Historical Imagery mode of Google Earth you can compare before and after imagery of the villages and see the destruction.
You can view the layer by going to the following layer sub-folder: Global Awareness->USHMM: Crisis in Darfur. Or, you can download the KML file directly here . You can also learn more about what action can be taken to help with the crisis at the Museum’s web site.