Two years ago a photo had gone viral that regained people’s faith in humanity. A Danish aid worker Anja Ringgren Lovén had rescued the child who was accused of being a witch and abandoned by his own parents. The child was skin and bones at the time, was left for dead by his own parents. Loven completely transformed the life of the child and today he is as healthy as any other boy of his age. Loven named his Hope and he lately attended the first day of his school. Isn’t that great?
After rescuing the child, she immediately took him to a hospital and was treated for malnourishment and stomach worms. Being under her loving care, Hope recovered and today is a healthy child. Hope lives in an orphanage with 35 other children run by Loven and her husband, David Emmanuel Umem, in Eket, Nigeria. Loven is the co-founder of the African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation (ACAEDF). She founded the organisation four years ago primarily to help children termed as a witch by their own community.
She was also planning on a doctor’s clinic in Nigeria for the treatment of children abandoned by their own family When Loven found Hope initially his limbs were stick thing and belly bloated due to undernourishment. She fed and wrapped him in a blanket and rushed him to a nearby hospital. Charity worker rescues two-year-old malnourished Nigerian boy accused of being a witch
The photo of Loven feeding Hope, which went viral on social media also brought to light the increasing issue of families abandoning kids of being a witch. In 2009, campaigners reported about 15,000 such cases. Around 1,000 such children were murdered by their own family members.