Remember how a few months back, a heart-rendering picture of a starving 2-year-old Nigerian infant, had popped up on the internet, tearing everyone up? The little toddler had been completely abandoned by his family because they believed him to be a witch! Thus, the poor kid was left to the mercy of the world, forced to survive on what little was thrown to him by sympathetic passers-by who took pity on him. This kept on for months, with the child continuously deteriorating, until a Danish aid worker came upon him on the streets.

Nigerian boy accused of being a witch

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On seeing the sickly kid, the horrified founder of the African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation (ACAEDF), Anja Ringgren Loven, immediately took him to the nearest local hospital, but first, she gave him some water and biscuits to eat. The photo of the shriveled, skeletal child drinking water from her bottle took the internet by storm in no time, after Anja shared it through her Facebook page.

Nigerian boy accused of being a witch

Picture Source Nigerian boy accused of being a witch

While requesting for donations for his medical bills, Anya also wrote,

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

Later named ‘Hope’, the boy was taken to Anja’s shelter, where many other unwanted or abandoned children like him are taken care of. Inspired and moved by the tragic story of the child, Anja later launched the Hope campaign, which is dedicated to the rights of abandoned children.

Now, around 3 months later, Anja shared the latest photos of Hope on her Facebook page, which show the kid looking healthy and hearty, grinning broadly.

An inspiration to us all, Anja founded ACAEDF with her husband David Emmanuel Umem in 2012. Before that, she used to work as a store manager in her own country, before moving to Nigeria and dedicating her life to philanthropy. The foundation provides medical assistance, food, and schooling to the rescued African children, and is constantly working to better the conditions of children in Africa.