Madonna’s won her appeal to adopt a second child from Malawi.
This morning i was reading this piece by Jacques Peretti who tracked down the family of 3 year old Mercy James :
“When I use Madonna’s name out loud in one village, I am told to hush. Using Madonna’s name in vain could frighten her (and her cash) away forever. Given all of the above, how could anyone in the west disagree with what Madonna’s doing? ”
But as Mr Peretti points out :
“The fact is that we do. Madonna is portrayed as a baby-grabbing gorgon, lambasted by everyone from Saturday Night Live to Graham Norton.”
So, do you think she’s done right by Mercy ? Should people who can give a better life to a child, do so ? Even if it means they will be taken away from their family, friends and country ?
The development agency Plan has said it couldn’t condone “whisking a single child off to a fairytale lifestyle in Hollywood”
Should she – and anyone else- help impoverished Malawian children by donating to charities, setting up children’s homes and putting pressure on their own governments to do the same ?
Anna Feuchtwang, from the charity Everychild has previously said the focus should be on helping vulnerable families..
“This may be less glamorous than international adoption by pop stars but it is the only viable solution to provide safe and secure homes for all of Africa’s children.”
Finally, here’s a debate about the issue.