Two months ago Hope was living on the streets of Nigeria, riddled with worms, on the brink of starvation and cast out from his community accused of being a “witch”.
Now, new pictures shared by the Anja Ringgren Loven who adopted him reveal the extraordinary transformation he has undergone in a matter of
An image of Danish philanthropist Anja Ringgren Lovén giving water to Hope was shared around the
world at the end of January.
Rescued: Hope was abandoned by his family because they thought he was a witch and was found in the streets by Anja Ringgren Loven
(Anja Ringgren Lovén/Facebook)
Incredible transformation: This picture was published less than two months after Hope was
found and shows just how much his health has improved since his rescue. She said she first saw the problems created by superstition in rural Nigeria when she traveled there alone three years ago and met children “who
had been tortured and beaten almost to death because they were accused of being witches and
therefore left alone on the street”.
‘Thousands of children are being accused of being witches and we’ve both seen torture of children, dead children and frightened children,’ she wroteon Facebook, accompanying images of her feeding the young boy and appealing for donations to help pay for his medical bills in January.
‘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!’ she said. Ms Loven runs an children’s centre where the youngsters she saves live and receives medical care, food and schooling.
She and her husband, David Emmanuel Umem, began building their own orphanage in late January.