03 April 2009

Madonna's adoption plans denied

Breaking news in Malawi. In a shock turn of events, Madonna has been denied application to adopt the three-year-old Malawian little girl, Mercy James. In a ruling this morning, judge Esme Chombo chose to enforce the African country's residency requirement that foreigners adopting from Malawi must have lived in the country for a period of interim adoption of 18-24 months before the adoption is finalised. When the 50-year-old singer adopted David Banda from Malawi in 2006 a different judge had ruled that she could bypass the residency requirement. But this time, judge Chombo said that if she were to act in the same manner and waiver the requirement, she would be paving the way for child-trafficking. This latest development follows a week of raging controversy against Madonna, over whether she should be allowed to adopt a second Malawian orphan. She has come under attack from all sides and been accused of bullying, stealing and racism.

Madonna however has remained resolute in her belief that her bid to adopt the little girl is, in her own words, 'totally heartfelt'. The singer's spokesperson released a statement just two days ago saying that she is 'looking to provide a loving family environment and the best education and healthcare possible for a child who has been in an orphanage since birth.' You have already been outspoken in your opinions on this contentious issue, so what do you now think of this latest development? Let us know below.
 
- Emily Maddick


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