Left: Air M'bar in the raining season | Right: Air M'bar before the raining season

Seasonal Floods - Senegal River

Aire M'bar village is settled at the edge of the flooding area of the Senegal River, on the Mauritanian side. The river — which is actually the natural borderline between Mauritania and Senegal — overflows after the first rains. The landscape suffers a massive transformation, whereby a semi-desert area turns into a grass-field-like landscape. This transformation has also a great impact on the day-to-day life of the villagers. Some villagers get ready their boats to go fishing and women do the laundry in the nearby waters while keeping an eye on their children, who spend most of the morning swimming and playing in the water. It is time of joy and happiness for everybody at the village.