The twin villages of Joal and Fadiout (Fadiouth) are 110 km south of Dakar. Joal, on the mainland, was the birthplace of poet and first Senegalese president Léopold Sédar Senghor. A long wooden bridge connects Joal to Fadiout, which is built entirely of cockle shells. The people of Fadiout are proud of their heritage of religious tolerance. A large Roman Catholic church is located near the mosque, and the Christian and Moslem cemetaries, also entirely constructed of shells, share an island offshore.

wooden bridge street scene donkey horse cart foosball cemetary

shells smoked fish dried fish

street market women mosque catholic church boatman

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