Madonna's $15M School Ousts 200 Malawi Villagers

Residents must relocate, but singer did compensate them
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2010 8:19 AM CST
Madonna carries David Banda during her visit to Muchinji Childrens Home in Muchinji, Malawi, Oct. 27, 2009. Madonna is in Malawi to oversee the building of a multimillion dollar girls academy.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Madonna wants to help Malawi with her $15 million girls’ school so much that she’s ejecting villagers to make it happen. Residents didn’t want to leave the school site just outside the capital, but the government handed the land over to Madonna and told 200 Malawians they must move to another government site. Madonna did, at least, pay the villagers about $115,000 for their houses, the future principal of her school tells the AP.

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