Madonna adoption doubts.
"Yohame Banda, father of one-year-old David Banda, said he thought his son would remain familiar with his roots and would come back when he's older. “Our understanding was that they would educate and take care of our son just as they were doing at the orphanage. If we were told that she wants to take the baby as her own, we could not have consented because I see no reason why I should give away my son,” the 32-year-old farmer said, adding that he thought 'when David grows up he will return back home to his village'.
Earlier, when child and human rights groups sought an injunction on the adoption of the baby, Yohame had defended his decision and Madonna, in spite of his family expressing doubts. His comments then are a far cry from his latest remarks. “It would have been better for him to continue staying at the orphanage because I see no reason why my child should be given away forever when I can feed him,” he said. One of the groups protesting the speedy manner in which Madonna was given an interim custody of David is Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC), a group of 67 human rights bodies, which argues that the Malawian government bent the rules for the Vogue singer. Under Malawian laws, non-resident foreigners are not allowed to adopt local children unless they stay in the country for more than a year. The injunction petition by HRCC will be heard in the Lilongwe high court this week.
Yohame blamed the government officials and his illiteracy for his earlier stand and consent. “I cannot read and write so I relied on what the officials told me that the papers said Madonna would look after the child the way the orphanage planned to educate him and then he comes back to me. What we agreed with Madonna was that she looks after my child until he finishes school, becomes independent and comes back home to us,” he said. David's mother died of complications arising from childbirth and Yohame left him at the Home of Hope Orphan Care Center.
Defending his decision to leave his son at the orphanage, the farmer said it was only because he could not provide the medical care and nutrition the child needed. “We sent this child to an orphanage because at one month we could not look after him, we did not have a health center nearby and the orphanage was the ideal place for him,” Yohame added."
I like his line where he says he wants his son to stay at the orphanage so he can see him 'whenever he wants'. King Solomon would have a field day with this guy. Hey, put your own needs first, leave the kid in the orphanage. I'm sure he'll thank you for it in the long run and all the hand wringers will stand by and provide for his medical and educational needs, won't they? Hello? Hey, where did everybody go?