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Mamadou Niass, left, gets a helping hand from friend Luther Berntson while packing items to send back to Mauritania in West Africa. Niass sought political asylum in the United States eight years ago and has been collecting items and money to send to his home.

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Steamboat resident reaches out to his West African roots

Mamadou Niass is consumed by thoughts of a home, the village Sorimiale in Mauritania, Africa. Niass sought political asylum in the United States and has been sending family and friends most of his paychecks from his job at a lumberyard in Steamboat. However, after he was laid off, he decided to find another outlet for his hardworking nature.

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