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Madonna's plans to adopt African toddler

Posted by Rahul Doshi | 10/17/2006 12:53:00 PM | 0 comments »

US pop diva Madonna is under fire in Britain for her plans to adopt an African toddler, with her toughest critics dismissing her as a selfish star who could do much more to ease world poverty.

Madonna, 48, who has a family home in London, left Malawi on a private plane Friday after a judge granted her an 18-month interim order allowing her to take David Banda, the son of an illiterate farmer, out of the country.

Mother to 10-year-old Lourdes and Rocco, six, Madonna is not the first star to expand her family by adopting children from developing countries.

In fact, US actress Mia Farrow was the first in the 1970s -- she is the mother of 14 children, including 10 adopted from overseas from countries like South Korea, Vietnam and India.
US actress Meg Ryan adopted a Chinese girl, while the Scottish actor Ewan McGregor, famous for his role in the film Star Wars, gave his two children a little Mongolian sister.

However, the adoptive parent who is perhaps best known is Angelina Jolie. In Cambodia she adopted Maddox, four, and in Ethiopia she became mother to Zahara, almost two, before giving birth to Shiloh, whose father is actor Brad Pitt.

To adopt 13-month-old David Banda, Madonna benefitted from a fast-track adoption regime after spending nine days in Malawi and visiting several orphanages, British media reported. Usually, adoptive parents have to reside in the southeastern African country.

Madonna has financed the construction of an orphanage and other projects worth about five million dollars in Malawi, one of the world's poorest countries.


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