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Heavyweight Boxing Champion Bowe To Visit Somalia

February 21, 1993

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) _ World heavyweight boxing champion Riddick Bowe said Sunday he was headed for Somalia to dramatize the plight of the country’s starving and sick.

He plans to reach the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Monday.

Bowe donated $94,000 to help Americares, a U.S. humanitarian organization, deliver 40 tons of food and medicine to Somalia and Kenya.

″I felt that I have been blessed all my life,″ he told a news conference on arrival in Kenya on Sunday. ″This is my way of giving something back.″

In Mogadishu, Bowe plans to visit feeding centers and meet with some of the U.S. troops who dominate the multinational force guarding relief shipments from bandits and warring clans.

Bowe will make a stopover in the northeastern Kenya border town of Mandera, home to about 40,000 Somali refugees.

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