Sudan: Scorched Earth and Chemical Weapons Attacks in Darfur

This platform, a collaboration between SITU Research and Amnesty International, is optimized for desktop viewing.

About the Platform

In collaboration with Amnesty International, SITU Research designed this interactive digital platform to facilitate the organization, analysis and presentation of evidence documenting scorched earth and chemical weapons attacks of civilians in Jebel Marra, Darfur.

Accessing geo-spatial information, satellite imagery, witness testimony and photographs within a single interface, this tool is intended to provide a spatial and temporal account of previously undocumented violations.

The goal of this collaboration and the platform itself is to render visible the developments and scale of ongoing human rights violations in a remote and inaccessible part of Sudan.

SITU Research:

SITU Research is an interdisciplinary practice working in design, visualization and spatial analysis. Focused on developing innovative strategies and new tools, SITU Research leverages a strong foundation in architecture, materials and digital instrumentation to collaborate with and contribute to a diverse array of fields. A core value of SITU Research is the applied nature of its work - the studio seeks to address challenges grounded in urgent contemporary spatial issues - be they social, scientific or artistic. This project, part of SITU Research's Spatial Practice as Evidence and Advocacy (SPEA) project, is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Oak Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations.

Help us decode Darfur

Much remains unknown about the true extent of civilian targeting in rural areas of Darfur, with no comprehensive assessments of village attacks over the last five years.

That’s where you come in.

By signing up to the latest Amnesty Decoders project, you can help us document the level of destruction in the region.

From 6 October, we will be mobilising a global network of digital volunteers to analyse satellite imagery and identify whether villages appear to have been attacked, damaged, or destroyed.