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26 October 2006 :: 18:10:45 pm 32150

Madonna disappointed by the press and accused them of terrorizing David’s father

Madonna has criticized the world‘s media for their attacks following her adoption of a Malawian toddler.
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Thu, 26 Oct 2006 
            Speaking on The Oprah Winfrey Show on Wednesday, Madonna said she was “disappointed” by the press response and appalled by the extent journalists are going to in order to get “simple” farmer Yohane Banda to make comments about her adoption of his son David. 

            “We had a hearing altogether with an interpreter… and he looked into my eyes and said to me that he was very grateful that I was going to give his son a life and that, had he kept his son with him in the village, he would have buried him,” said the singer. 

            “I didn’t really need any more confirmation that I was doing the right thing and I had his blessing… I sat in that room, I looked into that man’s eyes,” she told Oprah. 

            Madonna claimed she wasn’t angered by comments Banda had made saying he had been tricked into allowing his son to leave Malawi and that he had not correctly understood the adoption process.

“I believe that the press is manipulating this information out of him. I believe, at this point in time, that he’s been terrorized by the media, that they have asked him things repeatedly, that they have put words in his mouth and that they have spun ปั่น a story that is completely false”

            She also said she thought the media circus was having a negative impact on Malawi and the fate of other orphans.

“For me, I understand that gossip and telling negative stories sells newspapers, but . . . I’m disappointed because, more than anything, it discourages other people from doing the same thing”. 

            “For anybody who had the idea that they, too, would like to open their home and give life to a child living in an orphanage who might possibly not live past the age of 5, anybody who has that idea would be discouraged from doing it. . . . I feel like the media is doing a great disservice to all the orphans of Africa, period, not just Malawi, by turning it into such a negative thing.” 

            Speaking on a video link from London, she admitted she was initially taken aback by the media backlash. 

            “It didn’t really hit me until I got back to England. It’s pretty shocking. I didn’t realize that the adoption was causing any controversy until I came back. There were a million film crews in the airport and press camped outside my door.”

She also revealed how David had been fighting severe รุนแรง pneumonia when she first met him. He was being held by an eight-year-old girl with HIV and was barely able to breathe with fluid filling his lungs.

She said she was “transfixed” by him, even though “I didn’t yet know I was going to adopt him. I was just drawn to him.”

But the orphanage couldn’t afford his pneumonia treatment.

“I was in a state สภาพ of panic. I didn’t want to leave him in the orphanage because I knew they didn’t have medication to take care of him,” she said.

“We got permission to take him to a clinic to have a bronchial dilator put on him. He had pneumonia and was given an injection of antibiotics.

“He’s still a little bit ill, not completely free of his pneumonia, but he’s much better than he was when we found him.”

David is currently recuperating at the London home Madonna shares with her director husband Guy Ritchie and children Lourdes and Rocco, who have taken to the new arrival.

“They are completely in love with their new baby brother. They just embraced him and that’s the amazing thing about children. They don’t ask questions. They’ve never once said: ‘What is he doing here?’ or mentioned the difference in his skin color, or questioned his presence in our life. That is an amazing lesson that children do teach us.”

She added she would make sure David will return to Malawi at least once a year on her trips to the country to monitor her charity foundation.

“I will give David an education and a chance for a better life and what better way for him to go back and help his own people and help the Malawians and be a voice for his country.”

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : World News

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