Malawi government backs Madonna’s adoption bid

April 3rd, 2009 - 12:11 am ICT by IANS  

Madonna London, April 2 (IANS) The Malawi government has backed pop superstar Madonna’s bid to adopt a second child from the African nation.
The diva spent the past week in the country revisiting adopted son David Banda’s village and filing court papers in a bid to bring a four-year-old girl, Mercy James, into her family.

But she was dragged into a criticism row over her latest adoption plans by human rights groups, who insist the toddler Mercy should remain in her home country.

The Malawi government, however, has now handed Madonna its seal of approval, with Information Minister Patricia Kaliati insisting the singer has given the nation a vital boost by helping thousands of poverty-stricken children with her charity efforts, reports

“She is supporting over 25,000 orphans in this country and she has proved that she can take care of David. Very few rich and famous people can take time to fly all the way to Malawi to support our children. We support her adoption process,” said Kaliati.

Madonna is awaiting a hearing Friday when a judge at Malawi’s High Court is expected to grant her an interim adoption of Mercy.

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