Sahel <<sah HEHL>> is a dry grassland in Africa. It lies south of the Sahara. It covers parts of the countries Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sudan. Some people also consider portions of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia to be part of the Sahel.
The Sahel has suffered many droughts (drowts) (periods of no rain). The lack of rain has caused the land to dry up and turn to desert. High winds from the Sahara blew much of the soil away. They left sand in its place.