Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Documenting Human Rights Abuses in Kenya

Ushahidi is a website that is trying to document and report human rights abuses in Kenya. In order to achieve this aim it has a Google Map of reported abuses. Anyone in Kenya can report an incident that they have seen, and it will appear on the map. Ushahidi then works with local Kenyan NGO’s to get information and to verify each incident reported.

The map includes a number of different layers of human rights abuses; ‘riots‘, ‘deaths‘, ‘property loss‘, ‘government forces’ etc.

Ushahidi also has a Google Map with a time-line of human rights abuses. When you click on a date on the time-line the map updates with the incidents reported for that date.

Here is one report that was mapped yesterday,

“One person was slashed at Mauche belonging to the Kikuyu tribe. The Kikuyu tribe in revenge burnt down a car from the Kalenjin community at Kihingo trading centre. In the past four days the Kalenjins have killed 5 men from the Kikuyu tribe at Likia trading centre and closed down a road at Mauche. After the car burning early yesterday morning a few Kikuyu houses were set on fire.”

If that report upsets you as much as it should you can visit Ushahidi’s How to Help page.

Via: O’Reilly Radar

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