Technology helps relief agencies tackle the plight of refugees [see “The Science of Doing Good”; SciAm, November 2007]. Among the newest is an online mapping project by Google and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Called the Google Earth Outreach program, it enables humanitarian groups to highlight their work in progressively detailed layers, all the way to the schools, water sources and other infrastructure of a refugee camp. The site (www.unhcr.org/events/47f48dc92.html)
currently features refugee plights in Colombia, Iraq and the Darfur region of Sudan
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