Open Letter from Madonna


This letter is from Madonna written today 10/17/06:

My husband and I began the adoption process many months prior to our trip to Malawi. I did not wish to disclose my intentions to the world prior to the adoption happening as this is a private family matter. After learning that there were over one million orphans in Malawi, it was my wish to open up our home and help one child escape an extreme life of hardship, poverty and in many cases death, as well as expand out family.

Nevertheless, we have gone about the adoption procedure according to the law like anyone else who adopts a child. Reports to the contrary are totally inaccurate. The procedure includes an l8 month evaluation period after which time we hope to make this adoption permanent. This was not a decision or commitment that my family or I take lightly. I am overwhelmed and inspired by my trip to Malawi and hope that it helps bring attention to how much more the world needs to do to help the children of Africa.

My heartfelt thanks for all the good wishes I have received and I hope the press will allow my family some room for us to experience the joy we feel to have David home.

Madonna Ritchie October 17, 2006 London, England


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  1. Geez-What about all of the American-born babies born into poverty and despair? How about looking intoour own backyards before rushing off to Africa-


    • Shame on you for being ethnocentric and self-centered. A child in need is a child in need. Why are American (or since she was living in the UK at the time–British) children more worthy than African (Malawian) children? You do know that children in the States who are in the system live with a family (in foster care), are fed, clothed, and educated, plus they’re entitled to free health care? Millions of children in Malawi have NOTHING. They are raped, mutilated, kidnapped, murdered, abused, or left to die in the streets or in institutions. Why don’t you think of that before you start pointing fingers and since you are pointing fingers… how many black American children (the least adopted) have YOU adopted? As for “American babies”–there are waiting lists years long for babies, it’s the older children of color that languish in the system, many of whom have developmental, emotional/psychological, or behavioral problems. How many special needs children have you adopted?

    • stupid, we are a develop country and should have the means to take care of our own. Malawi is a thrid world country. No comparison.

  2. Have we not forgotten about the children in our own backyards? Quite possibly Maddonna et. all, might find the generousity to look beyond their self-centered-“What’s in Vogue”and I’ll Do it”, and try to be honest, real, and

    Shame on her-

  3. Madonna? Ha ha haha ha ha ha……surely a joke person? No point taking her too seriously, she has to be the stupidist person in show business, surely? Poor kids….hope they’ve got a good sense of humour. Just one word as proof of her lack of grey matter – Kabbalah….ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!

    • That’s probably one of the dumbest comments ever. Madonna is anything but stupid. She’s actually incredibly intelligent, which is why she’s a brilliant businessperson and artist, and has been at the top of her game for nearly 30 years. Hardly anyone can say that or has accomplished a fraction of what she has and continues to. She keeps breaking and setting records in the music industry that far into her career. These comments just come of as jealousy and envy.

      At least her kids, through their beliefs, are learning to respect and accept people unlike you.

  4. Why do we often critisize and just plainly hate those that are doing good for others? I applaud her for her good work.

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