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Madonna releases picture with Malawian girl Mercy

April 13, 2009

Madonna and MercyFor U.S. pop star Madonna, a photo speaks a thousand words.

She released a picture through Reuters on Monday of her holding a sleeping four-year-old Malawian girl named Mercy James, whom she still hopes to adopt despite a court ruling in the southern African country preventing her from doing so.

The photo was first published in Malawi’s Nation on Sunday newspaper. Madonna has lodged an appeal against a High Court decision earlier this month that said she could not adopt Mercy because she was not a resident of Malawi.

Malawi’s government came under fire after Madonna adopted a 13-month-old David Banda in 2006, with critics accusing it of giving the star special treatment by skirting laws that ban non-residents from adopting children.

“I want to provide Mercy with a home, a loving family environment and the best education and healthcare possible. And it’s my hope that she like David, will one day return to Malawi and help the people of their country,” Madonna told the Nation on Sunday newspaper.


Madonna’s PR machine is in motion. Airbrushed photo!

Posted by Cynthia | Report as abusive

I wouldnt allow that tramp to adopt a cat from Malawi. If she truly cared about her children then she would still be married to Guy Ritchie and she would exploit her current kids as she does now. I wish she would grow up,l act her age and start thinking about those around her.

Posted by Lorenzo | Report as abusive

If she truly cares about the welfare of the children in Malawi, why doesn’t she open an orphanage or create an institution with her name in Malawi, so many children have a better chance at life?
Then she’d really be involved in something positive. Adopting one here or one there isn’t going to create anything except media attention or a run at her money.

Posted by Van Dan | Report as abusive

Madonna is opening a school for girls in Malawi as girls are undereducated. She has also helped raise millions for the country and lets face it would any of us even know the country existed before she began working there.

How on earth is it healthy for children to be brought up in a marriage in which the couple no longer love each other? Also how does she exploit her kids? Ohter than the fact that the media follows her every move thus they take pictures.

While you may not agree with all she does the reason, I believe, people have an issue with Madonna is that she is a strong woman who has been at the top of her game for 25 years. Why must we always put down those who do well and not see them as an inpiration???

Posted by Byron | Report as abusive

@ Van Dan

I think it might brighten your opinion of her to know that your harsh assumption was actually quite baseless! Madonna has done EXTENSIVE work there. Just this week, a tv show even mentioned how her work there has impacted over 25,000 children. She’s there this week, overseeing the building of a children’s health care center. Aren’t you pleasantly surprised? Maybe go contribute some money online to the cause and feel even better about your day!


Now, I am not Madonna’s advocate, however, correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe she has done something along those lines, Van Dan. I believe she started a fund called Raising Malawi. I don’t know much about it, but it looks like she at least has put some money where her mouth is. I don’t know how effective it’s been, but she appears to be trying to help more than just two kids from Malawi.

Posted by Joanna | Report as abusive

I am really tired of hearing people pretending to have Mercy’s interest at heart. Have you lived in the rural areas of Africa NO so you dont know what it is like. She is a lucky girl and I think most people are just jealous. They wont even contribute a penny towards Mercy’s life but then can talk. Madonna is a good woman prepared to adopt kids of a different race.

Posted by Spiwe | Report as abusive

Really if Madonna wants to adopt a child and give them a better life, why shouldn’t she?? OK, maybe she’s not perfect… I am no particular fan of hers. But isn’t it whats best for the child ultimately. She may only be able to adopt a child here and there, but thats alot more than most people do. Opening another orphanage also is not really the answer, surely its better for a child to be in a family rather than an orphanage. Perhaps people that haven’t experienced adoption should gain some understanding before they speak!

Posted by tasha | Report as abusive

If you have lived in rural Africa you will certainly know this is in the interest of Mercy James. No one can substitute a parents love but we must face the facts. Life expectancy in Malawi is 32. If Mercy were to remain in this country what are the chances that she will live beyond 15yrs. We are talking about a country ravaged by hunger, HIV/AIDS, corruption, high childhood mortality and the list is endless.

Other than this, Madge has a foundation that helps other children in Malawi and is putting up a health centre for children. She cannot adopt all of them but has made a difference by giving David and Mercy a chance at life.

Posted by Kipepeo | Report as abusive

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