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Madonna adoption: Star's Chanel tracksuit raises eyebrows in Malawi

Madonna adoption: Star's Chanel tracksuit raises eyebrows in Malawi
Madonna has been accused of courting sartorial controversy after touring an impoverished Malawian school dressed in a $2800 (£2000) Chanel tracksuit.

By Caroline Hedley in Los Angeles
Last Updated: 1:52AM BST 31 Mar 2009
The 50-year-old singer, who is in the African country to adopt a four-year-old girl, chose a casual $1600 (£1150) velour jacket and matching $1200 (£850) trousers from the French fashion house to walk around the educational facility, the Huffington Post reports.
She arrived in the developing nation with daughter Lourdes and sons Rocco and David on a private Gulfstream V jet on Sunday. It is not known where Madonna started her journey, but a return trip from New York on the luxury aircraft could cost in excess of £200,000.

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Madonna is hoping to adopt orphan toddler Chifundo James, whose name translates to 'Mercy' in English, as a sibling for three-year-old son David Banda Richie. She adopted David in Malawi in 2006, while still married to film director Guy Richie. The couple's eight-year union ended in divorce last November.
On Monday, a coalition of non-governmental organisations in the African country held a press conference to voice opposition to the superstar's latest adoption attempt.
"We feel Madonna is behaving like a bully," Undule Mwakusungula, chairman of the Human Rights Consultative Committee, said. "She has the money and the status to use her profile to manipulate, to fast-track the process."
In a statement, the coalition appealed to the star to use her immense wealth to assist her would-be daughter, Mercy, in her native country.
"Mercy James is a child who has her extended close family members alive and we urge Madonna to assist the child from right here," it read.
Madonna appeared in the capital Lilongwe's High Court for about an hour on Monday, reportedly to ask for an "interim" adoption of around 18 months.
The judge's ruling has been adjourned until Friday.
2009 Mar 31