Madonna's in Malawi, (hopefully) finalizing the adoption of Mercy, an orphaned girl of about four. (Yes, the term "orphan" applies to one who has lost not only both but also just one parent; in her case, a father is believed to be alive...somewhere.) People are backing off Madonna commentary as much this go-round, though I've read that the locals are grateful even as foreign interests seem to be appalled at Madonna's lack of understanding that it's better to die a teenager after a miserable life in God-forsaken Malawi than it is to luck out and be adopted by someone with the means to give you a good to unbelievably great life far away.
This link leads to lots of images of her current trip—including demure court exits—some of which are gorgeous (with her hair framing her face, she looks 30) and some of which are truly saddening (with her hair pulled back, the cheeks suddenly look like angry zits, ready to explode).
Madonna in her adoptin' hat.
Interesting that she brought out that same hat for this second trip! Maybe it's a good-luck charm. If so, I can see why she'd wear one—she actually had to endure letting her adopted son re-meet his (crazy) natural father.