Madonna in Malawi trip with Mercy and David

Madonna has taken her adopted children back to their native Malawi for the first time in two years.

The 'Hung Up' hitmaker jetted out to south-east Africa yesterday with her kids, David, seven, and eight-year-old Mercy, and drove straight to an orphanage in the district of Mchinji, where the little boy was raised before he was adopted in 2006.

It is unclear whether the singer had plans to meet David's biological father, Yohane James, but Mercy's uncle Peter Baneti expressed his longing to see his niece again.

He said: "No one told me anything about Madonna's visit. I hope she has brought Mercy, we desperately want to be reunited with her."

The pop star returned to the exclusive Kumbali Lodge in Lilongwe, where has stayed upon her previous visits, and while it is unclear whether her two other children - Lourdes, 16 and Rocco, 12 - were with her, a source from the hotel confirmed they had prepared 12 rooms for guests.

They said: "All the guests who had checked into the lodge were asked to check out on Thursday and we are not checking in any new guests now."

The luxury lodge charges £100-a-night per person and is located in an idyllic forest reserve and dairy farm a short distance from the capital.

Madonna, 54, previously made a promise to Malawi's court to have her children visit their homeland "every two or three years" after fighting for the adoption of Mercy in 2009, which she was initially denied due to not living in the country for two years before applying.


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