Thursday, March 6, 2008

UN Satellites Photograph Human Exodus

I know you count on Publius to deliver that fresh perspective on world events. Those little goodies that you'll talk about around the water cooler the next day and promise to pass on to your enlightened buddies.

Well, thanks to War and Health:

On February 27th, UNOSAT released a satellite-derived estimation of the number of civilians leaving the Chadian capital of N’Djamena towards the Cameroonian border. The satellite photos are simply stunning. This is the first set of images I have seen capturing the epic scale of refugee flows. Each point on the photo is an individual and each yellow box a vehicle. The UN estimates that one photo contains 10,200 pedestrians and 80 vehicles.

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