August 30, 2010
Mamadou Niass listens as close friend Luther Berntson praises him for effort to collect items he hopes 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 his home.
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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.