Madonna is better parent to Mercy than her father

MADONNA has been splashed all over the national newspapers in recent weeks over her bid to adopt Malawian orphan Mercy James. Appeal judges have now quashed the original decision to deny Madonna adoption rights on the grounds she has not lived in Malawi f

MADONNA has been splashed all over the national newspapers in recent weeks over her bid to adopt Malawian orphan Mercy James.

Appeal judges have now quashed the original decision to deny Madonna adoption rights on the grounds she has not lived in Malawi for the required 18 months.

Mercy lives in the same orphanage that previously housed David Banda, Madonna's first adopted child.

Controversy has surrounded the proposed adoption as Mercy's father, James Kambewa, 24, has been fighting for custody of his daughter.


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But I'm on the side of Madonna.

Mercy is four years old, so why has her father only now shown an interest in his daughter and her welfare? It's too little too late as far as I'm concerned.

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He apparently abandoned the tot's 15-year-old mum before she died in childbirth and has never even met Mercy.

Madonna's lawyers question if he really is her father but, regardless of whether he is or not, he is four years too late in acting like one.

He abandoned his baby and his interest in her seems only to have been awakened by the world's media interest in her.

At the end of the day Madonna can offer Mercy a home, a loving family environment, and the best education and healthcare available.

But, most importantly, Madonna has displayed love and affection for Mercy by the bucket load - something her father has failed miserably to do.

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