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December 17, 2006

Christmas in Darfur Update

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Christmas in Darfur update:

We're wheels up in just over 19 hours. I have secured data access (but the cost of data transfer is heinous). We should, in theory, have updates posted at the blog, so keep an eye out for those.

Happy Holidays, and see you all on the flipside.

And a big, big thanks to those who chipped in. With your support, we're going in with protective gear, clean water, medical kit, insurance and comms, so, thank you very much.

Launched by Bravo Romeo Delta at 07:36 PM | Missile Tracks

December 04, 2006

Darfur: News and a Satellite Recon Tour

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You probably have all heard about the Christmas in Darfur project that I'm involved with. In the course of preparation, we've been following the news and doing some research, which I figured I should share with folks. As the situation continues to deteriorate, (below are links to the satellite images of the towns Abeche and Adre mentioned in the linked story) things are going to start getting way pricey, way quick, so if you haven't already contributed, we'd sure appreciate your support.

News from the region

Satellite Image Tips:

Some reference images for comparison:
Generic villages in Chad
A very small border town: Adre - population approx. 15,000
A provincial capital: Abeche (apologies for the crummy resolution)
The capital of Chad, N'Djamena
Possibly one of the most godforsaken remote locales on earth, Awaynat, Libya.

Map 1, Map 2, Map 3 (with numbers) of Refugee Camps Inside Chad/Sudan

Below are images of 8 of the 15 camps inside Chad. Oure Cassoni: Est. Pop. (May 2006) 29,610

Kounoungo (I think): Est. Pop. (May 2006) 11,790 (Images on the ground 1, 2)

Mile: Est. Pop. (May 2006) 13,544

Am Nabak: Est. Pop. (May 2006) 16,546

Farchana: Est. Pop. (May 2006) 17,500 (Images on the ground: 1, 2)

Terguine or Breidjing: Est. Pop. (May 2006) 14,400 or 27,400

Djabal: Est. Pop. (May 2006) 14,533

Goz Amer: Est. Pop. (May 2006) 17,890

Map of Destroyed Villages and refugee camps in Sudan (as of August 2004)

In the map of destroyed Sudanese villages, there is an inset photo of the village of Balla (628 of 720 structures destroyed). A clearer, zoomable map of the village can be found here.

The regional map of destroyed villages has a number of other villages (more than I can count), but here are a few representative examples. If you zoom around with Google, they're not hard to find once you get the hang of it. Look here, here or here (this one, I think, is one that had been attacked at some point in the past, and then more recently, but has not been completely razed) for a few examples.

This is what I think is the Zalingei camp inside Sudan. Here is what I think is the Abushouk camp (est. pop. 51,000).


This looks to be an An-26 "Curl" transport plane, mid-flight, heading SE, about 1 1/2 miles SW of El Fashir, Sudan.

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