Madonna's School Displaces 200 Villagers

Celebrity News Feb. 12, 2010 AT 9:15AM
Madonna's School Displaces 200 Villagers Credit: Fernando Quevedo/Globo via Getty Images

Madonna's proposed new school for girls in Blantyre, Malawi doesn't just have a $15 million price tag: 200 residents of the village have been urged to relocate to accommodate the new facility per government request, the Associated Press reports.

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On Thursday, a government official informed 200 villagers that the land in Blantyre had been handed over to Madonna, and asked that they move away.

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The principal of the proposed school, Anjimile Mtila-Oponyo, told the Associated Press that Madonna paid the villagers more than $115,000 (or 16 million kwacha) to compensate for their homes.

So far, residents have refused to move from Blantyre, located just outside Malawi's capital, Lilongwe.

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Madonna, 51, has established numerous charitable organizations in Malawi, where she has adopted two children; David, 5, and Mercy, 4.

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