Madonna leaves Malawi after adoption refusal

Madonna in MalawiMadonna left Malawi yesterday after being refused an orphan from the African nation. Her attempt to adopt four-year-old Mercy James was denied by a High Court judge on Friday. The country’s laws require prospective parents to live in Malawi for 18 to 24 months. Malawian rights groups opposed her adoption attempt, and were incensed that she’d broken those laws when she adopted her first Malawian child, David Banda, in 2006. The pop singer has filed an appeal against the judge’s ruling. Madonna actively supports Malawian children, having set up the Raising Malawi children’s charity. A staff member of the charity reported that Anne Chikhwaza, director of the orphanage where Mercy lives, drove to Madonna’s lodgings on Sunday morning to pick the young girl up and bring her back to the orphanage. “Madonna spent some time with Mercy; she looked sad but Lourdes [Madonna’s daughter], who had clicked with the little girl, looked devastated,” the staff member said. Madonna is said to be heading to London to celebrate Passover.  ~Meryl H.

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  1. Jo-Anne • April 6, 2009 @ 3:42 PM

    yes, why not say no to the limitless possibilities this child would have being adopted by M.?

    I mean, I am sure we’ll hear by….say, tomorrow, the next day, later this month, the prospective adoptive parent list for this child is overflowing with alternative family options…

  2. Adam • April 6, 2009 @ 4:57 PM

    I agree that it should not be allowed that Madonna get special treatment when adopting. Expecially when there are caring people who are, and probably have been for a while, on waiting lists for a child of their own.

    On a side note, Madonna is very rich and could very much help a child in need with food, shelter, security, and a promising future.
    …ohh and love too. (I hope)

  3. tributegirl • April 6, 2009 @ 5:02 PM

    Well, I don’t think she should be above the laws, so I do agree with this decision, but I’m wondering if this decision could have negative effects, meaning I’m wondering if Madonna might decide to start supporting some other country. If so, that will not be a good thing for the children of Malawi.

  4. demigod • April 7, 2009 @ 4:00 AM

    She’s appealing the decision. How hard can it be to find a child to adopt? There are countless thousands of needy homeless children around the world. Why from this particular village?

  5. Nancy • April 7, 2009 @ 11:04 AM

    What she needs to do, is get to her hairstylist IMMEDIATELY to get rid of the brown roots and apply an anti-frizz treatment! Follow that with a Botox injection, a light coat of foundation, a little eyeliner, blush, a smudge of lip gloss and one of her cone-tit outfits, and she just might get the judge to rule in her favour!! 😛

  6. Angie • April 7, 2009 @ 3:35 PM

    Why is she so obsessed with Malawi? There are millions of orphans all over the world living in extreme poverty. Can’t she help them?

    And another thing, what kind of ridiculous law prevents an orphan from being adopted just because they parents are from a different country?

    I’m not saying Madonna should be given special treatment, but the law should be changed altogether. Preservation of tradition and culture is selfish if it means denying a Malawian child parents and a home.

  7. tributegirl • April 7, 2009 @ 3:42 PM

    I see what you are saying, Angie, but I think the law is their feeble attempt to prevent children being adopted easily and sold into the child sex trade.

  8. Jo-Anne • April 7, 2009 @ 4:07 PM

    well, the adoption law is NOT WORKING…
    definitely need revamping

    Madonna’s “special interest” reportedly arose after she filmed a documentary re the horrendous heart wrenching conditions the people of Malawi are living in – she’s attempting to make one child’s life a heck of a lot better.

    I read..
    “Around three-quarters of Malawi’s 12 million people live on less than US$2 a day, and about one million children are orphaned, primarily as a result of the HIV/AIDS pandemic”

    I have watched a number of call-in news shows regarding this issue (heated topic!), it would appear (to me) that, sadly, people’s tremendous biase towards Madonna is coming through and the interests of this unfortunate orphan are being placed secondary…

  9. Jo-Anne • April 7, 2009 @ 7:46 PM

    well, the adoption law is NOT WORKING
    definitely need revamping

    Madonnas special interest reportedly arose after she filmed a documentary re the horrendous heart wrenching conditions the people of Malawi are living in – shes attempting to make one childs life a heck of a lot better.

    I read..
    Around three-quarters of Malawis 12 million people live on less than US$2 a day, and about one million children are orphaned, primarily as a result of the HIV/AIDS pandemic

    I have watched a number of call-in news shows regarding this issue (heated topic!), it would appear (to me) that, sadly, peoples tremendous biase towards Madonna is coming through and the interests of this unfortunate orphan are being placed secondary

  10. Jo-Anne • April 8, 2009 @ 10:24 AM

    haha first cannot post one, then two makes the grade!!!!!!!!!

  11. Nancy • April 8, 2009 @ 10:48 AM

    Well, I heard yesterday that this little girls biological father, who had no clue of her existence, has come to claim his daughter now.

  12. Jo-Anne • April 8, 2009 @ 11:07 AM

    and possibly, maybe, have plans to raise her on his less than $2.00 a day in an HIV
    infested environment…wonderful

  13. tributegirl • April 8, 2009 @ 12:03 PM

    I hadn’t heard that he has stepped forward. Kinda makes you wonder why now, after 4 years he claims her as his own. He probably smells money, probably has no interest in the child at all.
    Jo, I agree their adoption laws are not working, needs to be totally revamped. Sadly though, even if they do find some effective laws, people who work in that “industry” will just move on to some other poor area for more accessible children.

  14. Jo-Anne • April 8, 2009 @ 12:37 PM

    yeah, t.g. there’s all kinds of family members “stepping up to the plate now” totally agree on the money sniffers…wasn’t the mom like 18 years old when she died?

    and I agree on the industry pervs too, but one person cannot adopt the entire Malawi orphan population, nor any other likewise unfortunate children, I just like to think “educated” people wouldn’t stand in the way of even ONE child who clearly has “a better chance”…

  15. tributegirl • April 8, 2009 @ 3:18 PM

    True, and you would hope that they know enough about her to let her adopt, considering they have already let her adopt one. Makes me wonder why they let the first one go on a fast track to adoption, and now they aren’t.
    Not sure how old the mom was when she died, but yeah, I’m pretty sure I read she was around that age, so young.

  16. Nancy • April 8, 2009 @ 4:36 PM

    The article I read said Mercy’s mother was 15 years old when she gave birth and died 8 days after. One of her family members had said that they didn’t think the father even knew the girl was pregnant…I guess they weren’t together. Supposedly he works as a guard. If the issue as to why Mercy was not in the care of family members and was an orphan was money, then WHY doesn’t Madonna just send money to this little girls family in order for them to be able to afford to take care of her? Why does Madonna have to adopt and take these children from their families when she could just support them monetarily like she would have to at her home anyways?

  17. tributegirl • April 8, 2009 @ 4:44 PM

    Actually, that is a really good point, I hadn’t thought about it that way, I was just seeing the adoption issue itself. I wonder if part of the reason they aren’t letting her adopt is because she is no longer with her husband? And I’m guessing if the mother died 8 days after giving birth, it is related to complications from the birth? I had just assumed that she had HIV or AIDS, like so many people there have.

  18. Jo-Anne • April 8, 2009 @ 11:18 PM

    Hmmm…let’s compare raising a child in Malawi against the environment/healthcare systems/educational opportunities/employment opportunities in U.S.A., England, Canada, France…

    “In Malawi, 14 percent of the population is HIV positive, and life expectancy is 44 years. And what awaits many African girls aside from contracting AIDS? Rape, teenage pregnancy and death caused by childbirth…”

    yeah, Madonna might want to rethink the “outstanding possibilities” of the Malawi children staying put in their own country and just send them a wad of money…

  19. Nancy • April 9, 2009 @ 5:53 PM

    Sure something bad “could” happen to this girl in Malawi and I don’t doubt but what she would have a “better” life in the United States but she could also have a good life in Malawi with her biological family if they could afford to keep her. I get the impression that these celebs (Madonna and Angelina) sometimes only care about ownership of these children. I believe that in Madonna’s case here, she wishes to adopt little Mercy so that her other Malawian child will not feel so alienated.

  20. tributegirl • April 10, 2009 @ 10:50 AM

    I remember some Malawian official expressing the hope that little David will grow up and prosper, and come back to Malawi to help the people there. I also remember thinking that after being raised by Madonna and living in the land of milk and honey, it is doubtful to me that he will want to return to a country of extreme poverty and sadness. But you never know.

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