Sudan is preparing to vote on January 9 to decide if the South will become independent from the North. Sudan is a huge country (2.5 million km2), with an estimated population of 44 million people, but it’s poorly mapped. Without basic geospatial information, it’s difficult for humanitarian agencies and first responders to monitor and evaluate the risks and current needs, target their efforts, and mobilize proper resources.
If you’ve knowledge of Southern Sudan, an interest in mapping, and some free time, Google encourage you to join the effort. With tools such as Google Map Maker and Sudan Vote Monitor, you’ve the opportunity to take concrete action by improving the map, helping to monitor and report human rights violations in near-real time and providing insight into the socio-political climate prevalent in the country and region.
Items that you can map:
- Towns and town names (Arabic and local names especially)
- Roads (in-town roads as well) and trails
- Displaced persons camps
- Cultural landmarks
- Geographic landmarks
- Orphanages, shelters etc.
- Community centers
- Border crossing points
- Nomadic camps
- Markets and large cattle gathering points