Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 May 2015

Madonna takes children to Malawi

Madonna adopted son David Banda and daughter Mercy in Malawi
Madonna adopted son David Banda and daughter Mercy in Malawi

Madonna has taken her adopted children back to Malawi for the first time in two years.

Th Queen of Pop adopted two children from the African country and promised to bring them back "every two to three years".

According to the Daily Mirror, she flew into Malawi's capital Lilongwe on her private jet with the children.

The music megastar checked into Lilongwe's exclusive Kumbali Lodge, where she has stayed on all her previous visits.

A source at the lodge told the Mirror: "All the guests who had checked into the lodge were asked to check out on Thursday and we are not checking in any new guests now."

Madonna was driven straight to the orphanage at Mchinji where her son David Banda used to live.

She adopted David in 2006 and daughter Mercy James in 2009 from the Malawian district of Zomba.

It wasn't clear whether the children would be meeting their relatives, David's biological father Yohane James and Mercy's grandma Lucy Chekechiwa and uncle Peter Baneti.

Mercy's uncle Peter said: "No one told me anything about Madonna's visit. I hope she has brought Mercy, we desperately want to be reunited with her. We hope we will be allowed to meet her."

David's 2006 adoption was straightforward, but Madonna had to take her case to adopt Mercy to the Malawi Supreme Court as she had not lived in the country for two years. In her statement to court she promised to bring David and Mercy back "every two or three years".

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