Google Earth takes you inside refugee camps, yes they really suck

Refugee camps almost by definition have limited visibility. Often located in places that are hot, flooded, or at war, such camps go unseen by most of the world except for the occasional crisis segment on the evening news. Now, the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) hopes to give more visibility to the work that it does in such camps around the world, bringing the reality of refugee life into the laptops and living rooms of web surfers thanks to the power of Google mapping tools.

Google and the UNHCR talked up a partnership in which Google provides the pro version of its Google Earth software, its Sketchup 3D software for creating objects and structures, and extensive documentation on how to use the system to create a .KML layer. The result is a (hopefully) informative overlay that works with both Google Earth and Google Maps to tell visual stories. (link)


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