Thursday, April 9, 2009
Malawian Judge's Point
Perhaps Pilar is right, Mercy (referred to below) might have some questions when she gets older about being denied celebrity status in the US, and the world. On the other hand, she may be grateful that the judge in her case upheld the law of the land. Malawian law requires adopting parents to have established residency in the country for 18 months before their request is granted. The judge argued that the time requirement helps deter child trafficking in the long run.
Mercy may also grow up to be an adult who firmly believes that the problems facing her country, and the continent as a whole, must be addressed comprehensively rather than by taking one child (or two) out of a dire situation.
Regardless of which side Mercy takes, I am sure she will be grateful for the wonderful (and generous) work Madonna has been doing in Malawi.