A couple of months ago a photo of a blonde woman rescuing a boy who was branded a witch and left on the streets in Nigeria was circulating the internet.
The skinny boy who had been deprived of food, clothing, shelter and other basic necessities and was left to die on the streets was rescued by Anja Ringgren Loven and called Hope.
“The day I carried this sweet little boy in my arms… I was so sure he would not survive. Every breath he took was a struggle and I did not want him to die without a name, without dignity, so I called him Hope,” Anja said.
Anja is the founder of African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation, an organization that is committed to the welfare of children in Africa who have been rejected by their families or communities due to various social stigma.
Hope was taken care of by Anja and other workers/partners of the African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation. He was received blood transfusions and other medical necessities to stimulate his revival.
These procedures resulted in a healthy robust Hope, in fact he no longer looked like the two year-old skinny ‘witch’ who was left on the streets to die.
On Monday, Anja was awarded a medal of honor, by the Danish government for her “brave, selfless and extraordinary effort to save the vulnerable children in Nigeria.”
She posted the following statement on Facebook along with pictures from the ceremony;
“Today I received the Danish medal of honor called “The Niels Ebbesen Medal” in the City Hall of Randers, Denmark,
“The motivation for the medal: “Anja, you make a brave, selfless and extraordinary effort to save the vulnerable children in Nigeria. Few people know how dangerous a mission it is – but everyone is aware of what it means for the vulnerable children who without help will end up lonely on the streets.”
She also dedicated the award to her husband, calling him her ‘hero’.
“I will bring this medal of honor to Nigeria and give it to David. Without him I would not be where I am today. He is not only the father of my son. He is my biggest inspiration and my hero! He is the most amazing man and this medal is undisputed because of his extraordinary efforts.”