The People: Madonna Fears She'll Lose David

Posted by Sylar On Monday, August 27, 2007

On the cover of today's UK paper "The People".

26 August 2007

Madonna's anguish in adoption controversy Setback as Malawi authorities step in
By Tom Carlin

Madonna could be forced to hand back her adopted African baby boy.

The anguished pop superstar looks set to face a battle to keep 18-month-old David after new set backs in the controversial adoption process.
If she fails, David could be given back to his biological father Yohane Banda in poverty-stricken Malawi.
Yohane, 33, who struggles to make a living as a peasant farmer, told The People: "I still miss David very much andamlooking forward to the day I see him again."
The adoption has been thrown into jeopardy after accusations that Malawian child welfare officer Penstone Kilembe has become too close to the case.
Kilembe was banned by his government from travelling to Britain to review the boy's progress after 10 months with Madonna, 49, and husband Guy Ritchie.
The singer was told someone else would come to the UK to assess the family.
But The People can reveal a new person STILL hasn't been appointed - leaving distraught Madonna in limbo.
said: "This means the whole adoption process may crumble and David may be sent back."
Malawian human rights lawyer Justin Dzonzi is also campaigning against the adoption.
He said: "If you are not a resident then you can't adopt."
But Jonathan Pearce, director of Adoption UK, says Madonna will be racked by guilt if David is taken back into care.
He said: "The adoptive parents will often feel at fault."
The crisis is believed to have caused tensions in Madonna's marriage to Guy, 38.
A source said: "Madonna and Guy are very attached to David and the strain is taking its toll. What they're going through would test the strongest marriage."

Source: Drowned Madonna

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