Madonna = humanitarian activist in personal life
In October 2006 Madonna traveled to Malawi to help build an orphanae. On October 10 in 2006 she filed adoption papers for a boy David Banda Mwale born on September 24 in 2005 and renamed David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie. Banda was flown out of Malawi on October 16. The adoption raised public controversy. It was highly publicised. Madonna refuted the allegations in Oprahs show in October 2006. She said that there are no written adoption laws in Malawi that regulate foreign adoption. Singer and humanitarian activist Bono defended her by saying, Madonna should be applauded for helping to take a child out of the worst poverty imaginably. Some said that Banda's biological father Yohane did not understand what adoption meant and had assumed that the arrangement was fostering.