An unidentified woman believed to be a nanny carries a baby as she makes her way through London's Heathrow airport with a police escort early Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006. Armed police officers escorted the African infant being adopted by Madonna off a British Airways flight Tuesday, whisking him past photographers hoping to get a glimpse of the baby making his way to the pop star's London home.
Madonna leaves a private members club on Oct. 16, 2006, in London. A group of Malawian charities are seeking a court injunction to halt the adoption of 13-month-old David Banda from Malawi by Madonna and her husband, Guy Ritchie. The couple have been granted an interim adoption, giving them temporary custody of the child for 18 months, the singer's spokeswoman said.
Madonna is greeted by about 50 children as she arrived in a four-vehicle convoy to an orphanage in the African nation of Malawi, Oct. 5, 2006. Her trip is focused on highlighting the plight of AIDS orphans, which prompted speculation she was about to adopt a child herself.
Madonna visits with orphans in Malawi on Oct. 5, 2006. According to her publicist, Liz Rosenberg, "She is on a private visit to Malawi and is involved in the building of an orphanage/child care center as well as other initiatives to help the children of that country who have lost parents to AIDS." Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie are reportedly staying at the exclusive Kumbali Lodge, a tree-covered ranch.
Madonna walks to avoid photographers at the end of her visit to the Kondanani orphanage in Bvumbwe, on the outskirts of Malawi's commercial capital Blantyre, Thursday Oct. 5, 2006. The visit has generated huge excitement in Malawi, one of the world's poorest countries, which usually only makes headlines because of its grim cycle of drought, hunger and disease.
Madonna walks between cars to avoid photographers at the end of her visit to the Kondanani orphanage in Bvumbwe, on the outskirts of Malawi's commercial capital Blantyre, Thursday Oct. 5, 2006. Madonna's publicist says the singer is setting up an orphanage and funding six other projects.
Madonna ends her visit to the Kondanani orphanage in Bvumbwe, on the outskirts of Malawi's commercial capital Blantyre, Oct. 5, 2006. Workers are preparing the ground for the Namitete Orphan Care Center, which will include an entertainment hall, classrooms, summer huts, a playing field and teachers houses. The center will be run under the auspices of Raising Malawi, a charity set up by the singer.
Children from the Kondanani orphanage walk to visit with Madonna on Oct. 5, 2006, in Bvumbwe, Malawi. Among the poorest countries in the world, just over 14 percent of the 12 million population is infected with HIV and an estimated 1 million children have been orphaned. Madonna's project, Raising Malawi, aims to set up an orphan care center to provide food, education and shelter for up to 4,000 children.