Daily News: West African brothers’ bumpy life smoothed by move to SCO Family of Services group home
Published: Friday, January 13 2012, 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, January 13 2012, 6:00 AM
This is the story of two brothers, a tale with a somewhat happy ending in progress.
Let’s get the somewhat happy out of the way first.
Mamadou Toure, 19, will start his first year tomorrow at Lincoln College of New England, in Southington, Conn. He wants to be a film maker and perhaps play professional soccer.
Amara Toure, 20, is in his second year at Kingsborough Community College but is hoping to transfer soon to Brooklyn College and continue his studies. His goal is to become a physician.
These are happy, hopeful times for the siblings from Conakry in Guinea, West Africa, especially given the arduous path they’ve taken to get there.
Since 2009 they have called home an SCO Family of Services group home in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, after being placed there by the city Administration for Children’s Services.
ACS entered their lives after Mamadou spent some time living on the street and Amara had to work seven days a week in a clothing store — while still in high school — to make the rent a relative demanded to allow him sleep on his living room floor.