A rural village in Senegal

People generally live in round huts made of millet stalks. They have a door and no windows. There is very little inside the huts apart from mattresses for sleeping. 

The Village Compound

The village is made up of about 20 compounds. Each compound is made up of a number of huts where the extended family live. Each compound also has a hut for cooking.

Each compound, and sometimes each house, is surrounded by a wooden fence to shelter it from the strong winds coming in from the Sahara desert.