Google Earth Used to Reunite Australian Boy With His Indian Mother

Saroo Brierley used Google Earth to find his lost mother in India after more than 25 years of separation. When Saroo was 5 years old he wrongly took a train to Calcutta near from his home-town which was more than 1,500 km away. In Calcutta he was adopted by an Australian couple. It is amazing what can be found out by technology like Google Earth in the hands of ordinary people. Saroo Brierley spent hours looking at satellite imagery.

Saroo Brierley wrote a book “A Long Way Home” on this which unfortunately is not directly available in Germany.
Saroo Brierley

Google used this story for an advertisement of Google Earth.

Saroo Brierley also held a speech at Google Zeitgeist Americas 2013.

A good summary can be found in Huffington Post.

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One thought on “Google Earth Used to Reunite Australian Boy With His Indian Mother

  1. “Those who experience the grief of parent-child separation will never understand the reason for this lifelong punishment. Their life’s trajectory forever altered, they have an emotional need for a curative reality. Making sense out of their disrupted life stories is difficult, but the parent-child reunion is a beneficial event that can enable them to become well in an age of anxiety.” —Judith Land, author & adoptee

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