Madonna leaves Malawi after week's charity tour

Airport and charity officials say pop diva Madonna has left Malawi after a visit with her family.

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2009 file photo, Madonna arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party , in West Hollywood, Calif. The father of a girl from Malawi whom Madonna hopes to adopt says he's capable of taking care of his daughter. Madonna's appeal of a court ruling denying her request to adopt the girl is to be heard Monday, May 4, 2009, in Malawi. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)

LILONGWE, Malawi (AP) -- Airport and charity officials say pop diva Madonna has left Malawi after a visit with her family.

Officials said Madonna flew out of the southern African country on Friday. She began a tour of the impoverished country on Oct. 25 with her four children, including two adopted from Malawi.

While here, she broke ground for her $15 million Raising Malawi Academy for Girls and visited the orphanage that cared for her son David before she adopted him.

Madonna's Raising Malawi, a charity founded in 2006 when she first visited the country, helps feed, educate and provide medical care for some of Malawi's orphans.

Malawi, a nation of 12 million, is one of the poorest countries in the world. About 500,000 children have lost a parent to AIDS.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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