SAUMLAKI, Yamdena ~ US pop singer Madonna is to adopt the entire child population of the Indonesian atoll-group of Tanimbar, following a Malawi judge’s rejection last week of her bid to adopt a second child from the southeast African nation, her lawyer said.
“Madonna has an affinity for all Indonesian children and heard through a friend who lives in nearby Bali that the Tanimbar islands are basically one large orphanage, due to a 2004 tidal wave that washed away most parents,” lawyer Alan Chinula told The Bali Times by telephone from the Malawi capital Lilongwe on Thursday.
He said his client would be arriving in Bali “sometime soon” and from there would travel to Saumlaki, the largest town on the main Tanimbar island of Yamdena.
Tanimbar is comprised of 65 islets and is part of South Maluku province, lying west of Papua. Predominately Christian, its population is just over 61,000, according to government data, mostly small children in the care of Catholic nuns from Belgium.
Madonna, mother of three, was currently applying for a tourist visa at the Indonesian Consulate General in Los Angeles,” Chinula said, adding that he believed the “legal situation in Indonesia is not as challenging” as in Malawi.
“We’re hoping for a sizeable child catch,” he said.
Contacted by The Times’ Los Angeles correspondent, Arthur Frump, the consulate general declined to comment on a specific visa application.
“We decline to comment on a specific visa application,” said spokesman Randal Kadek Putra, adding that he was nonetheless a “big fan” of Madonna and was excited at the prospect of the superstar visiting his native country, as “her adoption-exploration visa has just been approved.”
Meanwhile, the American entertainer, 50, who divorced last year from her British film-director husband, Guy Ritchie, and has recently been photographed with a number of young men, would be changing the name of her charity website from “Raising Malawi” to “Praising Tanimbar.”