Who would forget the touching pictures of the little 2 year old Nigerian boy who was abandoned by his parents rooming the dusty streets of Nigeria alone after being labelled a witch, but thanks to the efforts of Danish aid worker Anja Ringgren Lovén the boy’s future now looks very bright.
Loven was doing some rescue missions along with her husband David Emmanuel Umem when she first encountered the little boy on 30 January 2016 sitting by the side of the road frail, naked, hungry and sick.
The 2-year-old was reportedly abandoned and left to fend for himself by his family due to their prevalent superstitions of witchcraft that have left many children abandoned, tortured or killed.
Befitting to his name all hope was not lost for him, Anja with her Nigerian team rescued him and decided to name him Hope.
She shared a Facebook post about the story of the little boy and it quickly went viral, with many praising her for her humanitarian efforts and describing her as an inspiration.
After some medication and a care Hope quickly made a recovery and is now a healthy child who has since started going to school.
The couple runs African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation (ACAEDF) which is an orphanage that helps rescue abandoned kids who are disowned by their families due to superstitious beliefs.
In 2016 Anja was named “the most inspiring person of the year 2016” by Germany’s Ooom Magazine.
To read more about the organisation or to make any form of donations to help visit their website www.dinnoedhjaelp.dk