The HALO Trust, Google Earth Outreach and Angelina Jolie Team up to Map Minefields around the World
HALO is leveraging Google Earth technology to bring added transparency to humanitarian landmine clearance. Tours of mine-affected areas were created for viewing in Google Earth software and narrated by Angelina Jolie, a longtime HALO supporter, taking viewers to mine-affected areas in Cambodia and Angola. Explore a Minefield shows how mineclearance has allowed families to return home, land to be used for agriculture, roads to be re-opened, and children to walk to school safely – in short, communities to thrive. It also shows viewers minefields that remain in villages which still require clearance. Watch the tours here - http://www.googletour.halousa.org/.
HALO uses Google Earth to help clear landmines. Thanks to a grant from Google Earth Outreach, HALO uses Google Earth Pro in thirteen countries for minefield survey, data validation and to produce maps for donors, governments, and other NGOs. Google Earth’s historical imagery allows HALO to provide time-lapse images that clearly show how landmine removal is helping war-torn communities rebuild. Explore a Minefield was funded through a Google Earth Outreach Developer Grant.
Angelina Jolie first learned about the landmine issue and the work of The HALO Trust while filming Tomb Raider in Cambodia. She has since been an advocate of HALO’s work, visiting and supporting mine removal efforts in a number of war-torn countries including Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Kosovo.
We hope you enjoy the tours! If you do please share them with your friends and family.
Yours in demining,
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