Photo of Madonna holding Mercy

For U.S. pop star Madonna, a photo speaks a thousand words.

She released a picture through Reuters on Monday of her holding a sleeping four-year-old Malawian girl named Mercy James, whom she still hopes to adopt despite a court ruling in the southern African country preventing her from doing so.

The photo was first published in Malawi's Nation on Sunday newspaper. Madonna has lodged an appeal against a High Court decision earlier this month that said she could not adopt Mercy because she was not a resident of Malawi.

Malawi's government came under fire after Madonna adopted a 13-month-old David Banda in 2006, with critics accusing it of giving the star special treatment by skirting laws that ban non-residents from adopting children.

"I want to provide Mercy with a home, a loving family environment and the best education and healthcare possible. And it's my hope that she like David, will one day return to Malawi and help the people of their country," Madonna told the Nation on Sunday newspaper.--

source: REUTERS 

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