Slain rapper Tupac Shakur's mother Afeni Shakur has been given an unexpected boost as she continues to cope with her only child's murder - letters from a Polish orphan.

The youngster has been writing to her in broken English to explain how important Tupac's music is to him as he copes with the knowledge he's the product of a rape incident carried out by American soldiers.

Afeni says, "When American troops were there they raped his mom and he is a brown baby in Poland and Tupac is his salvation.

"He said there was about three others and they stick together and help each other. Can you imagine? I just find that the places where Tupac helps people - that's more than any human can accept as, 'Oh yeah, that's my son.'"

03/09/2003 09:32