Join Amnesty and thousands of Decoders to help find evidence of homes and schools in Darfur being destroyed

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Using your computer or phone, compare recent satellite images of Darfur villages with older ones to determine where damage may have occurred in the last two years

Using the remote locations you mapped in our recent Decode Darfur project, we are asking Decoders to compare two images of the same area to look for evidence of attacks, by helping us identify significant change in buildings and structures over time.

By studying these images and pinpointing villages that have been destroyed, you will help Amnesty International build evidence demonstrating that civilians have been systematically attacked. We want to show the international community that it has ignored Darfur for too long.

You can do this from anywhere in the world and all you need is a computer or smartphone with an internet connection. Tens of thousands of Amnesty Decoders volunteers are already extending the reach of our research. Will you too?

Why Darfur?

In 2016, Amnesty International published credible evidence that countless villages in Darfur have been attacked by the Sudanese government and its allied militias. People have been shot while fleeing, raped, and even targeted with chemical weapons.

It has become nearly impossible for journalists and human rights investigators to bear witness to crimes in Darfur - but they are large enough as to be visible from space. That is why we are asking our Decoders network to get involved with projects like these.

If with your help, Amnesty International can identify where and when villages have been destroyed, we hope to add to the large body of evidence of the crimes in Darfur, and persuade the international community that it must now take action to stop the violations.


Just five minutes of your time can help, on computer or mobile. Thank you.

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Decode the Difference is the third project for the Amnesty Decoders - a global network of digital volunteers for human rights research. Already there are more than 30,000 volunteers from more than 150 countries.

This project was developed in collaboration with Open Data Kosovo, Focal Labs and The Engine Room, with financial support from the Swedish Postcode Lottery. Powered by PyBossa, an open source crowdsourcing framework to analyse data that can't be processed by machines alone.

Amnesty International would like to thank all the volunteers who have helped so far with this project. We’d also like to say a very special thank you to those volunteers who helped out as moderators on the discussion forum. We couldn't have done it without you.