Google to help refugees28 April, 2008
|By Allison Orr|
The programme allows organisations to add their own data and information as a "layer" on top of the existing Google Earth service to show UNHCR refugee operations in Iraq, Darfur and Colombia. The layer also provides an overview of the UNHCR structure and operations, and allows users to click on an icon of a camp in the refugee areas to read a pop-up window which details life and histories for refugees. Showing the work of the agency in geographic context highlights the challenges faced by refugees and the issues involved for aid agencies to ensure their health and livelihoods.
This is not the first time Google Earth has been used to highlight a humanitarian crisis. It has been used to focus on Darfur previously.