Last month, Africans on social media vented their anger on the witch boy story. A 2-year-old Nigerian had been abandoned in the streets to die. He had been accused of being a witch and ostracized by his family.
To the aid of this suffering child was Anja Ringgren Loven, a Danish social worker who has taken up the task of rescuing and protecting children who suffer the same fate. She caters for children who are dejected, abused and are potential murder targets. Anja took in the boy who she re-named 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
Few days after he was found, Hope’s state gradually began to improve. With care from Anja who runs the African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation for the interest of similar victims, the supposed witch boy was welcomed into a better phase of life. Hope was first de-wormed; underwent blood transfusions and several medical procedures which turned out positive. As at then Anja disclosed that the boy still had issues talking.
Hope’s story pierced the heart of many on social media that they began to make donations towards his health and education. It generated about £104,000 for his medical bills and education. With the recent pictures of Hope, we can proudly say that the funds were put into good use. Donors will definitely be happy with the outcome.
It is indeed of a happy knowledge that the once called “witch” boy is now doing a lot better than he did the last month. His cheeks and current weight as seen in recent pictures speak for themselves- SUCH A JOY TO BEHOLD.