Mapping Political Destructions in Darfur

^ Ishma, Darfur, before and after attacks in 2004-2005. Image via Eyes On Darfur.


‘It’s been forty years since the first images of Earth from space were captured, but the sight of our planet is still inspiring. Now, Amnesty International is harnessing the power of these images and putting them to work for human rights. Thanks to high resolution satellite imagery, human rights advocates can now document abuses anywhere in the world – even in countries that are sealed off from on-the-ground researchers. All from 280 miles above the Earth’s surface. To make the Eyes on Darfur project possible, Amnesty International acquired commercially-available high resolution satellite imagery. The images were obtained in GeoTIFF format and imported into ERDAS Imagine and ArcGIS for viewing and analysis. The analysis of the images was undertaken by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to determine the extent of damage to the structures visible in each image.’

[source> Eyes On Darfur]



^ Saraf Jidad, West Darfur, before and after attacks in 2008-2009. Image via Eyes On Darfur.




^ Porta Farm, Sudan, before and after attacks in 2006. Image via Eyes On Darfur.

One Comment

  1. sandra

    might be relevant and of interest

    Beirut Lebanon

    It was reported that 265 residential, commercial and office buildings were severely destroyed or razed to the ground in one neighborhood, Haret Hreik. “The municipality reported 3119 housing units and 1610 commercial units (stores and offices) were completely demolished. In total at least 20,000 residents of Haret Hreik lost their homes.” (Fawaz&Ghandour2007)

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