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A safe home

In the south-western part of Burkina Faso, a landlocked country in west Africa, near the Ghanaian border, lies a small, circular village of about 1.2 hectares, called Tiebele. Set in the heart of Kassena country, Tiebele is famous for its Sukhala or colorful windowless traditional houses. It is inhabited by people of Kassena, who first settled the region in the 15th century, the oldest ethnic group in Burkina Faso. Women of Tiebelè decorate their homes by painting intricate designs on the exterior walls of their houses, using colored mud and chalk. Tiébélé’s houses are built with defense in mind, whether that is against the climate or potential enemies. The doors are small to offer protection and there are barely any windows. Pictured: A woman is seen in her Sukhala house in Tiebelè Village, where she stores crock pots.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: kassena, Burkina Faso
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Copyright: © Antonino Condorelli