A two-year-old boy was rejected because of superstition. A Nigerian family rejected this child because
he was believed to be a witch. He was left to feed off road-side junk thrown at him by passers-by for eight months in Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom state.
Danish Aid Worker Anja Ringgren Loven saved this abandoned, starving, sick little boy when she
discovered him on January 31st. The boy was named ‘Hope’ by Loven. When hope was discovered he
was suffering from malnutrition and worms. He began to receive medical facilities on time due to Anja.
Anja Ringgren Loven has been able to raise $1 million for his road to recovery.
Anja said “He gets blood transfusion every day so he can receive red blood cells. He has many worms in
his stool. The worms giving him some pain”.
After medical treatment his condition improves a lot and he is better now. He is now able to sit up and
smile at us.
According to Loven thousands of children in Nigeria were being accused of witchcraft in the country.
“Thousands of children are being accused of being witches and we’ve both seen torture of children, dead
children and frightened children. This footage shows why I fight. Why I sold everything I own”.
“Hope is getting so much better. Already gaining a lot of weight and looking so much healthier. Now we
only need him to talk. But that will come naturally when he is out of the hospital and starting his life
among all our children.”