Two-Year-Old Child Was Abandoned Over Fears He Was A Witch

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A two-year-old Nigerian boy has been rescued after his family abandoned him in the street over fears he was a witch.

The poor child was left to fend for himself for eight months, surviving off the scraps thrown to him by passersby, reports the Daily Mail.

Thankfully the boy was found by Danish aid worker Anja Ringgren Loven on January 31, and has been rescued from the street.

Anja Ringgren Loven/Facebook
Anja Ringgren Loven/Facebook

The boy has been renamed Hope and has received urgent medical attention for malnutrition and to help rid him of worms.

Loven founded the African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation three years ago, and has taken to Facebook to highlight how many children are at risk.

She said:

Thousands of children are being accused of being witches and we’ve both seen torture of children, dead children and frightened children.

Anja Ringgren Loven/Facebook
Anja Ringgren Loven/Facebook

Thanks to her intervention Hope is reportedly recovering well.

Loven commented:

Hope’s condition is stable now. He’s taking food for himself and he responds to the medicine he gets.

Today, he has had powers to sit up and smiling at us. He’s a strong little boy.

Anja Ringgren Loven/Facebook
Anja Ringgren Loven/Facebook

After the incredibly powerful images of Hope went viral donations flooded in to help with the cost of the infant’s medical bills, with it reported by the Mail that $1million (roughly £695,000) was received.

Loven has promised the money will be put to saving even more kids like Hope.

She said:

With all the money, we can, besides giving Hope the very best treatment, now also build a doctor clinic on the new land and save many more children out of torture!

Anja Ringgren Loven/Facebook

He certainly looks a lot happier now.

Loven, and her husband David Emmanuel Umem, are reported to have been building their own orphanage since late January, and needless to say they will definitely be making a huge difference in the lives of many underprivileged children.

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Posted by Anja Ringgren Lovén on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

What absolute heroes.


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Kieron Curtis

An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest... not forgetting his time at ASDA.