I believe with that controversy, a big opportunity was lost to lost bring attention to the needs of African children.
Washington, DC (Vocus) April 10, 2009
The U.S. African Chamber of Commerce (USACC) supports Madonna's attempt to adopt a child from Malawi and is asking the Malawi Minister to grant her the opportunity to adopt one African child. Madonna adopted her son, David Banda, now 3, from Malawi in 2008. She was granted custody and was allowed to take him out of the country two years earlier. That adoption caused controversy, including claims that her application received special status because of her celebrity.
Martin Mohammed, President of the USACC, said "I believe with that controversy, a big opportunity was lost to lost bring attention to the needs of African children."
African nations should welcome high profile celebrities seeking adoption as an opportunity to increase international awareness about the grave needs of the children of Africa. There are many African children in countries like Sudan and Somalia and who have very bleak futures. The latest news about the Malawi government denying Madonna the opportunity to adopt a child damages the African Adoption Appeal.
The USACC is the Leading Advocacy Organization for U.S. African Relations and promotes Emerging Markets. The USACC is the umbrella organization for African Chambers of Commerce and Professional Trade and Business Associations throughout the United States and abroad.
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