I was reading an Associated Press report about Mercy James which, lets face it is a great name for a band, and everyone AP interviewed is a relative of Mercy. Previously, Madonna or her people or someone had said that the mother died during childbirth and no one had any idea where the dad was.
To me, that seems like a good person to adopt. Then, Madonna gets to Malawi and reporters start sniffing around and the next thing you know, grandma comes out of hiding yesterday and says her piece. Well, grandma isn't the only relative to speak out. Now it turns out Mercy has uncles who are involved in her life and her father does see her. The reason he doesn't see more of her is unclear, but one report suggested it is because he is off earning a living in a different part of the country, and is unable to afford to come back very often.
I am all for adoption and understand Mercy would have a much better chance of succeeding in life and living longer if she lived with Madonna. However, I also don't know about this taking a child from so many extended relatives who are there if Mercy needs them. This is such a tough concept and the frame of reference here in the west is just completely different.
Oh, and yesterday, Madonna confirmed she is trying to adopt. Umm, yeah, we kind of got that when you showed up in court before a judge, but thanks anyway for the heads up.