I was looking through the papers online the other day and came across the most profoundly moving photo of a tiny little emaciated little boy being fed water by a remarkable lady called Anja Ringgren Lovén. The little boy, named Hope, had been living on the streets and surviving on scraps for eight months after his family abandoned him, believing him to be a witch.
Anja took him to the nearest hospital where made a full recovery. “He’s taking food for himself, and he responds to the medicine he gets,” she wrote in a blog post. “Today he has had powers to sit up and smiling at us. He’s a strong little boy. To see him sit and play with my own son is without doubt the greatest experience of my life! I just don’t know how to describe it in words.”
Three years ago Anja Ringgren Lovén sold everything she owned back in Denmark to set up her charity African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation (ACAEDF) in Nigeria to support children who had been accused of being witches. She received a call about Hope and immediately went to his rescue.
Anja and her partner David are now looking after Hope at a home they created for abandoned children accused of witchcraft and they currently have 34 in their care.
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