Madonna to begin Malawi adoption

Posted by LuLa On Monday, March 30, 2009

Madonna has arrived in Malawi to begin the process of adopting a second child from the African country.

The pop star wants to adopt a young girl called Mercy James, local officials have said.

The singer was seen walking through the village of Chinkhota with her 12-year-old daughter Lourdes.

She refused to answer questions from reporters but said it was "amazing" to be back in the country where she adopted David Banda in 2006.

Madonna is due to sign adoption papers in court in the capital Lilongwe in the coming days.

An unnamed welfare official told the Associated Press (AP) agency Mercy James' mother was an unmarried 18-year-old who died a few months after the baby was born.

The girl is in the same orphanage that was home to David, who is now three years old.

There are differing reports of Mercy James' age, with AP and Reuters saying she is four years old and Agence France Presse (AFP) saying she is three.

But Madonna has come in for criticism over her plans. David Nutt, spokesman for the Save the Children charity, urged Madonna to think again.

"We don't want to pick on one individual - any time, any set of circumstances can change," he said.

"But the problem is, very often this is the wrong thing to do, and Madonna tends to make it seem like it's the answer to everything and all problems, and it just isn't."

But Steven Whitehead from the charity Oasis, which represents families who adopt from abroad, said foreign adoption was a good idea in many cases.

He said: "There are a number of children for whom inter-country adoption represents their only chance of having a family, and the human convention on the right of the child gives every child the right to a family.

"And it's much better for them be in a family, wherever it may happen to be, than be in institutional care. The damaging effect of institutional care on children is so well recognised that, you know, it's just not an issue of debate."

Madonna's spokeswomen, Liz Rosenberg and Barbara Charone, and her lawyer in Malawi, Alan Chinula, have not commented.

Writing in response to e-mailed questions from Nation readers last week, Madonna said: "Many people - especially our Malawian friends - say that David should have a Malawian brother or sister.

"It's something I have been considering."

In 2006, critics accused the Malawian government of sidestepping laws banning foreign adoptions in order to allow the celebrity to take David home with her.

Madonna's adoption of David Banda was confirmed last year.

Source: BBC News

8 Responses to "Madonna to begin Malawi adoption"

  1. Anonymous Said,

    omg lola is almost as tall as her mom
    how old is she? 12 right?


  2. Anonymous Said,

    oh yes, Madonna looks horrible here............
    what happened to her cheeks???


  3. Anonymous Said,

    It's called being human and wearing no make up and leaving the Madonna persona where it belongs, in videos! Why can't Prince do this?


  4. Anonymous Said,

    More than human, it's called having plastic surgery... God, why did you ripped your face off Madonna?


  5. Sylar Said,

    Guys, can we please talk about the real subject?


  6. Anonymous Said,

    Yea, and we all know Madonna is the only one who had Plastic Surgery! It's just she's the only one that doesn't look that bad!


  7. Anonymous Said,

    She will look worse with time, I'm dissapointed by her giving to the pression of going under the knife.

    Why can't she just donate the money instead of doing the Angelina thing of having an army of adopted children?


  8. Anonymous Said,

    30 March 2009 23:27
    Anonymous said...
    She will look worse with time, I'm dissapointed by her giving to the pression of going under the knife.

    Get Over it, More issues plague the world than Madonna's many surgeries!


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