I saw this and I wept! How can human beings be so mean? Labelling a little child a witch?
Picture: Anja Ringgren Lovén/Facebook
This is one societal evil that needs to fought. Poverty has so blinded the hearts of many in Africa that the words of a ‘witch doctor or false prophet is all they need to cast a child to the streets!
Thanks to Anja Loven ( A Danish) who is making it her life mission to rescue such children in Awka Ibom, a state in Nigeria.
This 2 year old boy now named Hope was starving and riddled with worms after being dumped by his family and living on the streets for eight months. ( I can’t imagine a toddler barely off breast milk roaming around the streets for a day talk more of 8 months)
He had lived on the streets for eight months, surviving on scraps and whatever he could find, before being discovered by Anja Ringgren Lovén, the Danish founder of the African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation on January 31st 2016
The child is carried to safety Anja Ringgren Lovén/Facebook
She then wrapped the boy in a local cloth and took him to the nearest hospital.
With Anja’s son
After two days of care, she wrote that his condition had greatly improved.
“He’s taking food for himself, and he responds to the medicine he gets,” she wrote in a blog post. “Today he has had powers to sit up and smiling at us. He’s a strong little boy. To see him sit and play with my own son is without doubt the greatest experience of my life! I just don’t know how to describe it in words.”
Ms Loven set up her charity which is called African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation, three years ago to help children accused of being witches. She said it was problem with wide-reaching effects.
“Thousands of children are being accused of being witches and we’ve both seen torture of children, dead children and frightened children,” she wrote in a Facebook post accompanying the pictures of Hope.
She also said that Hope was battling worms but added that he would soon be well enough to join the other children she looks after in Uyo, southern Nigeria.
“This footage shows why I fight. Why I sold everything I own.”
These pictures have since gone viral online bringing in over £104,000 from wellwishers .
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