Who can fail to be impressed by the stunning satellite imagery of Google Earth, which has recently filmed close-up shots of Darfur, showing villages which have been destroyed by ethnic cleansing.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum hope it will help people understand the crisis and be more willing to respond.

At least 200,000 people have been killed and two million displaced during the four-year conflict between rebel groups and pro-government militia in the region.

Anyone logging into Google Earth should see a welcome screen with a marker highlighting the Darfur area.

It’s always been too easy to say in the past, “not in my back yard”. Now the consequences of this war can be seen on your screen and no longer ignored.