World heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali said at a United Nations news conference yesterday (5 March) that if the people of the United States gave up eating fora couple of days, they'd be better placed to understand the sufferings of people in the drought and famine stricken regions of Africa.
GV Muhammad Ali talking to UN Secretary-General Waldheim (MUTE)
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SV Member of group listening (MUTE)
SV Ali speaking (SOUND)
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ 5): ALI: "Well, I am using my talent, my services for the people of the world, mainly the people in Africa who are having problems, eating and drinking problems, which is something you never think about, for we are so intoxicated with wealth until we no longer see the condition of the people around us. I can't solve the problem. This fight can't solve the problem. I'm sure if you had ten billion dollars you could only help a little bit, because so much is needed. And so I'm just going to do all I can to help bring attention to the problem, you know. Makes you think that you're the hypocrite of the world when you get people that can't eat or drink right here in America. And some are so rich and some are so poor, and the little charitable ideas that we have are small in comparison with this need. And we're talking about giving fifty cents a ticket of the fight money to go to the problem, and we're talking about contributing two-hundred to three-hundred to probably five-hundred-thousand. Five-hundred-thousand dollars. If you gave each person over there fifty cents, you still wouldn't have enough to give out more fifty cents. And fifty cents per person can't solve the problem for one day. I have a little saying that can can't solve the problem for one day. I have a little saying that can fit. It says: 'War on nations are fought to change mao, But war on poverty is fought to map change.'"
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Background: World heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali said at a United Nations news conference yesterday (5 March) that if the people of the United States gave up eating fora couple of days, they'd be better placed to understand the sufferings of people in the drought and famine stricken regions of Africa.
During the conference, Ali announced that the promoters of his March 24 title fight against Chuck Wepner would donate 50 cents from every closed-circuit television ticket sold to African drought relief.
It could bring in as much as half a million dollars. That, said Ali, would be only a grain of sand in the desert--given the size of the problem. But he hoped his action might help make people more aware of the situation: