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Last Updated: Monday October 16 2006 05:57 GMT

Problems for Madonna's adoption

Madonna in Malawi

Madonna's planned adoption of a one-year-old boy from the African country of Malawi has hit problems.

A group of charities in Malawi are joining together to try and stop the singer from becoming David's mum.

David lives in an orphanage after his mum died when he was born. His dad is still alive, but has agreed that Madonna can adopt his son.

The government in Malawi has said Madonna is allowed to adopt David, but it can take up to two years to happen.

One of the charities against the adoption - Eye of the Child - said they wanted to make sure the future of a person who is not old enough to say what they want is safe.

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Madonna and her husband Guy Ritchie have now left Malawi where they were doing some charity work.

She has promised to donate about $3m (1.6m) to help 900,000 orphans there.

David stayed behind because at the moment he doesn't have a passport that he needs to leave Malawi.

Madonna, 48, already has two children, five-year-old son Rocco and nine-year-old daughter Lourdes.



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