I wonder how Madonna's split up with hubby Guy Ritchie will affect future celebrity adoptions. After all, unions of the rich and famous are notoriously fickle. Remember the ruckus that was kicked up when she adopted David Banda from an orphanage in Malawi? After learning of her divorce plans in October last year, the boy's biological father, Yohana Banda, who has since remarried and is still siring kids he supposedly cannot take care of, has expressed his concern. "I am still a poor farmer with nothing to offer, but maybe he would be better off back with us", he is quoted as saying. "This woman Madonna told me herself that David was beautiful and made her happy, and she promised to take good care of him....Now I see him in a big bewildering crowd in the street with people pushing and shoving, and many cameras around, and without a mother and father to hold his hand. I'm feeling bad for him."
Alarmingly, the Daily Mail reported that Madonna's marriage collapsed partly due to a disagreement over the singer's intention of adopting yet another Malawi kid, three-year-old Mercy James.
I am surprised at the the silence of all those fine souls who were beating their breasts over the fate of the younger Banda. Was he just a passing fad? Yet another reason to rail at the West and then move on? Over to you MKW!