Google Earth has been working with U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to document through images the atrocities that have been going in the Darfur region of Sudan. The conflict started in February 2003 and has continued to present day despite effort from the United Nations and African Union. This conflict has become the first "Genocide Prevention Mapping Initiative" and hopes to open the eyes of the world to help put an end to it.

"When it comes to responding to genocide, the world's record is terrible. We hope this important initiative with Google will make it that much harder for the world to ignore those who need us the most," said Holocaust Museum director Sara Bloomfield in a statement.

"At Google, we believe technology can be a catalyst for education and action," Elliot Schrage, Google's vice president, said in a statement.

Sources for the project include individual photographers, the U.S. State Department, nongovernmental organizations as well as the United Nations.