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Madonna releases Mercy photo

Madonna isn’t giving up on her failed adoption bid – last week she launched an appeal against the judge’s ruling, and now she’s released a black and white photo of her cradling four-year-old Mercy James to media outlets across the world. It shows the girl asleep in the star’s lap when she visited the orphanage in Malawi in March. Madonna and Mercy (Reuters)

Madonna has spoken publicly for the first time since her attempt to adopt the four-year-old girl was rejected. “I want to provide Mercy with a home, a loving family environment and the best education and health care possible,” the star told Nation newspaper in Malawi this week. “Though I have been advised that I cannot publicly discuss the pending appeal regarding my desire to adopt Mercy, I do want to say how much I appreciate the level of support that I have received from the people of Malawi and my friends around the world.”

What do you think of this new photo? Is it proof that the young girl and her would-be mother shouldn’t be parted, or is it an attempt by the star to sway public opinion and pressure the Malawi court to allow Mercy to leave the country?

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