Eyes on Darfur

April 2003
Darfur, Sudan
In April of 2003, rebel forces, later called the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA), attacked the Sudanese government's air base in El Fasher, capital of North Darfur state. The government refused to negotiate with the armed opposition group, instead responding by mobilizing the Army, Air Force and militias recruited among some of Darfur's Arab tribes. This mobilization began a brutal counter-insurgency campaign against the non-Arab tribes, leading to some of the worst human rights abuses imaginable, including systematic and widespread murder, rape, abduction and forced displacement. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have died as a result of both deliberate and indiscriminate attacks, and over more than 2.5 million civilians have been forced to flee from their homes.
Images of before and after the devastation in Ishma, Darfur
Above are the photos of before and after the devastation in Ishma, Darfur. © 2009 Digital Globe. All rights reserved. Produced by AAAS.


Amnesty International
  • In 2006 Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), together with American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a grant from the Save Darfur Coalition, used satellite technology to record hard evidence of destruction in Darfur and to create the Eyes on Darfur project.
  • The Eyes on Darfur project uses high-resolution satellite imagery to provide unimpeachable evidence of the atrocities being committed in Darfur - enabling action by private citizens, policy makers and international courts.
  • Eyes On Darfur also broke new ground in protecting human rights by allowing people around the world to literally "watch over" and protect twelve intact, but highly vulnerable, villages using satellite technology.
The Eyes on Darfur project allows visitors to view specific satellite imagery on effected villages from the conflict in Sudan.
Satellite Evidence
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The Crisis At-a-Glance
People who died as a result of the conflict
Over 300,000
People displaced from Darfur:
Over 2 million
People displaced from Darfur into Chad:
Displaced Chadians:
TOTAL at risk:
Several million