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West African immigrants build a new life in Steamboat

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Mamadou Niass Photo by John F. Russell

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Adama Dia Photo by John F. Russell

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Abdoulaye Sow Photo by John F. Russell

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Moussa Ouattara Photo by John F. Russell

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Micailou Sall was one of the first African immigrants to arrive in Steamboat Springs in 2001. Hailing from Mauritania, Sall has two sons who live in Steamboat Springs and works at Kum & Go and Walmart to help support his parents and sometimes his brother back in Africa. Photo by John F. Russell

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Moussa Ba holds up photos of his wife and family that were taken in Africa. Although the climate in Steamboat Springs is drastically different from his home, Ba said, ā€œIā€™m a snow guy now.ā€ Photo by John F. Russell

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Mamadou Niass looks at pictures of his family members still living in Africa. He said he hopes to return someday to Mauritania to see his extended family and visit the village that once was his home. Photo by John F. Russell

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Adama Dia

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Local African immigrant Mamadou Niass sent his home village, Sorimiale, Mauritania, shipping containers filled with donated items like bikes, mattresses and televisions. Courtesy

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