Sisters of Madonna’s newly adopted Malawian twins insist they are thrilled the girls have been whisked away to a life of luxury, while they struggle in poverty-stricken village

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  • Four year old twins Stella and Esther Mwale were this week adopted by superstar Madonna 
  • Their older sisters, Alinefe and Tifa Mwale, say they are happy for the twins, who grew up in an orphanage
  • Their mother Patricia died following a caesarean section delivery in August 2012
  • The twins have now arrived at Madonna’s £32million townhouse in New York
  • Their family lives in a clay and brick hut, with a budget of less than 40p per day 

The elder sisters of the twins adopted by Madonna in Malawi have spoken of their happiness that the girls have been given a new life of luxury – as they are left behind in their poverty-stricken village.

Alinefe and Tifa Mwale insist they are thrilled the four-year-old girls would get the chance to fulfill their dreams in the US with the pop superstar.

‘I am very happy for them,’ said 15-year-old Alinefe.

‘They will have a good education and they can live out their dreams. They are with someone who wants them and will love them so much.

‘I am glad they are part of a family and they now have a mother who will love them.

‘I want them to grow old being loved and to have people who cherish them.’

 Custody of the twins: Madonna has whisked Stella and Esther away from a life of poverty in Malawi. She shared a picture on Instagram of her walking hand-in-hand with the girls as their adoption was confirmed
Custody of the twins: Madonna has whisked Stella and Esther away from a life of poverty in Malawi. She shared a picture on Instagram of her walking hand-in-hand with the girls as their adoption was confirmed

Her younger sister aged 13 said: ‘We only found out a day ago that they were in America. I do not know where that is but we are happy for them. I wish them well and hope their life will be one they are content with.’

Stella and Esther Mwale are now in New York at the 58-year-old star’s luxurious £32m townhouse getting to know their new family including siblings David Banda and Mercy James, whom Madonna also adopted from Malawi.

The girls were flown to the US on a private jet after a judge ruled earlier this week that the star could legally adopt the girls and take them out of the impoverished African country.

An overjoyed Madonna posted a photo of herself holding the twins hands as she announced to her fans and the world on Instagram that she was now their proud mother.

The twins had been left in an orphanage since birth after their mother Patricia died from a loss of blood following a caesarean section delivery in August 2012.

Thrilled: Alinefe (left) and Tifa (right), pictured with step brother Kennedy in the remote village of Kayembe, Malawi, in their home which has no running water or electricity. Their younger sisters grew up in an orphanage after the death of their mother in 2012 
Thrilled: Alinefe (left) and Tifa (right), pictured with step brother Kennedy in the remote village of Kayembe, Malawi, in their home which has no running water or electricity. Their younger sisters grew up in an orphanage after the death of their mother in 2012

The life of Alinefe and Tifa is about as far removed from what their sisters will now enjoy as humanly possible.

They live in a primitive brick and clay built house that does not have running water, electricity or a toilet.

Without a single home comfort it is simply a place where they can sleep at night and be sheltered from the scorching African sun during the day.

Speaking through an interpreter, the pair revealed that they had never met the twins.

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