Madonna trophy...status sym..black baby heads to London.
Culture: There are some angry people other than me who think all this is nothing more than a look at me stunt to show she really cares about Africa. Also wanting to catch up to Jolie in the race for making a family that looks like the United Nations.
|JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (Reuters) - The one-year-old Malawian boy Madonna hopes to adopt is on his way to London after boarding a flight from South Africa, according to a newspaper photographer at the airport. Earlier, a private jet had whisked the boy from Malawi to Johannesburg after Malawian authorities waived local rules to grant the pop star an interim adoption and issued a passport to the boy, David Banda. Neo Ntsoma, a photographer at Johannesburg's Star newspaper, told Reuters she had recognized the child on his stopover from pictures in the media, but that bodyguards had blocked her from photographing him. "I saw white people with a black baby. I thought these people might be the ones we were waiting for ... When they reacted I was convinced," Ntsoma said. "They went through the boarding gate ... The flight was going to London." .....Banda will swap his home in a dilapidated orphanage near the Zambian border for a life of luxury in London with one of the world's most famous couples and their two children. Malawian law bans adoptions by non-residents, but officials are granting an exemption to Madonna. "The rich shouldn't get preferential treatment. I am fine with the idea of the adoption, but I want people to go through the system," said Emmie Chanika, director of the Civil Liberties Committee. Some 59 rights groups had planned to ask the court on Monday to recognize them as involved parties, which would pave the way for them to apply for an injunction to block the adoption. "We will proceed with the case. We still lodge an injunction," said Maxwell Matewere, director of Eye of the Child, Malawi's leading child advocacy group. "If the court accepts the injunction then the baby must fly back."|