Madonna accused of severing contact between father and adopted son

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London, April 27 : Madonna has been attacked by the father of her adopted Malawian boy for severing contact between him and his son.

Yohane Banda, a peasant farmer, said that he now regrets ever putting the child up for adoption.

He said that the singer has broken her promise to allow him to maintain regular contact with his son David, whom he last saw in 2006.

The 33-year-old, from Lipunga, a village 100 miles from Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi, said he has not been informed about his son's progress ever since the three-year-old was taken to London by Madonna and her husband Guy Ritchie.

Yohane, who complained about the same problem a year ago also, said the pop star had failed to address his concerns and is now regretting to have given up his child.

"I feel robbed. I should be able to see my son and say hello. I don't know how he is growing, what person he is turning into. This pains me because it looks like he is not my son any more," Times Online quoted Yohane, as saying.

He claimed that Madonna promised to keep him updated about his son's well-being.

"I was promised by Madonna that I would be able to see my son. The government people that were coming to see me also assured me that they would facilitate my meetings with my son. I miss him so much because he is my only son, the only gift of life from God - all others have died," he said.

"I told her [Madonna] that although I was giving her my son she should look after him well . . . I told her that she should raise him, educate him and make sure that he does not forget me and Malawi.

"Now I fear that my child will never know his roots and will not know me. He is the only surviving child I have and I regret the whole thing now. It's so painful sometimes to realise that I have been forgotten," he added.

Yohane also claimed that Madge snubbed him during a visit to the country in April last year.

"The last time Madonna came to Malawi, I didn't know she was here and that she visited the orphanage. [If I had known] I would have been given a chance to see my son," he said.

Yohane said that he is expecting to be given the opportunity to see his son again when Madonna, who has been granted temporary custody of the boy, returns to Malawi to complete the legal formalities of the adoption.

"I am praying that I have a chance to see him. All I want is for them to maintain contact as promised, to teach him I am his real father," he said.

ANI

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