Madonna Urges Adoption Critics To Visit African 'Death Camps'

Subscribe To:

Madonna has urged the activists and newspaper editors criticising her for adopting a Malawian baby to visit the Africa she saw and not want to bring a child home with them The pop star spoke out for the first time since her recent adoption controversy on yesterday's (25OCT06) OPRAH show in America, and revealed she's "disappointed' by the backlash she's received for giving 13-month-old DAVID BANDA "a better life" Publications and adoption experts have attacked the singer for using her wealth and fame to speed up the adoption process, but Madonna told Oprah Winfrey via satellite from London that she abided by all of Malawi's adoption rituals, insisting her fame and fortune accounted for nothing She explained, "There is a customary law, a tribal law, that if you adopt a child you have to get permission from some living member of the extended family "If both of the parents are deceased you have to go to an aunt or a grandparent or a distant cousin and they have to give both an oral and a written consent, saying that they agree to this adoption "I was told that his (David) mother had died of HIV and his three siblings had died of HIV; they didn't know where the father was or his history of his whereabouts, but once I was interested in him (David) and I spoke to the minister of Children And Mother's Welfare who said to me, 'Well, it is possible that you adopt this child, even if the father is not known to be deceased but we have to find the father and he has to give his consent '" The authorities tracked David's father YOHANE down and he gave his written and oral consent for Madonna and her husband Guy Ritchie to legally adopt his son in court During her interview with Oprah, Madonna challenged anyone who is critical of her actions to walk in her footsteps and not want to do something positive about the struggling orphans in Africa She added, "I beg all of those people to go to Africa and see what I saw and walk through those villages and see the death camps "To see eight-year-olds in charge of households, to see mothers dying with Karposi's sarcoma lesions all over their bodies, to see open sewages everywhere It is a state of emergency and, as far as I'm concerned, the adoption laws have to be changed to suit that state of emergency "I think if everybody went there they'd want to bring one of those children home with them and give them a better life "


Tags: Madonna - Oprah Winfrey - Guy Ritchie

Subscribe To:

More Madonna

Anna Wintour: Kimye Vogue Cover May Not Be "Deeply Tasteful" But It Wasn't "Boring"

Anna Wintour has finally opened up about the controversial Vogue cover featuring Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.Anna Wintour at the 2014 God's Love We Deliver...

Madonna's Wedding Dress And More Fetch Thousands At Charity Auction

Ever fancied owning a piece of Madonna’s wardrobe? Well you may have just missed your chance, as several of the singer’s most iconic looks were...

Lindsay Lohan Struggles To Remember Lines In 'Speed-The-Plow' West End Debut

When Lindsay Lohan was cast in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow back in June, she claimed to be "nervous but excited" about her theatre debut. Unfortunately, in...

Ariana Grande's New Video For "Break Free" Features Aliens, Space, A Lazer Gun And A Rocket-Launching Bra

Looks like Ariana Grande was taking some cues from an E.T. era Katy Perry when making her new video for Break Free. And maybe even...


Like Madonna, Do All Celebrities Just Get Out Of Jury Service?

On Monday Madonna reported to a Manhattan courthouse to fulfil her civic responsibilities, yes the queen of pop was summoned for jury duty. But it...

Madonna "Inspired" To Donate To Three Detroit-Based Charities

Madonna was in a very giving mood when she left her home city of Detroit recently.The 55 year-old singer is donating a large amount of...

Nicolas Cage Wears Nicolas Cage Meme T-Shirt To Guns N' Roses Concert

In what may be our favourite Instagram post of all time, rock band Guns N’ Roses have shared an image of Nicolas Cage…wearing Nicolas Cage....

Just Who Is Acting Coach, Cameron Thor?

54-year-old Jurassic Park actor and acting coach Cameron Thor has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and raping a 13-year-old girl he had been giving...



Madonna Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Madonna

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All