Project description

Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states have been at war in Yemen. The coalition has conducted a large-scale aerial offensive aimed at driving back Houthi rebels who control the capital Sanaa and large parts of the north. The latest count has more than 16,000 air raids launched across the country resulting in one of the worst humanitarian crises in modern history. "Death From Above", tells the human side of this conflict by presenting an easy to digest data-driven story paired with images from the ground.

What makes this project innovative?

There are very few compelling data driven stories being produced out of the Middle East. The number one reason for this is a lack of credible data sets. By partnering with the Yemen Data Project and the UN, Al Jazeera managed to plot every known air strike on Yemen over the past 3 years resulting in over 16,000 records.

What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?

Impact is measured by the project's ability to raise awareness about what's happening on the ground in Yemen. Having launched just a few days ago we've already been shared by influential journalists and NGO's these include:

Source and methodology

Al Jazeera worked in partnership with the Yemen Data Project and the UN to record the date, governerarate and category of the 16,000 plus air raids across Yemen. Raw data comes from official records from local authorities, reports from local and international news agencies, reports by international human rights groups and reports from national and international NGOs. All the data is available here:

Technologies Used

We used a scrolling library called Greensock an presented the data using the tried and trusted D3.js data visualization library.

Project members

Produced by Faisal Edroos
Developed by Omran Abazid for @AJLabs


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