Did you identify this boy? If am not wrong you must obviously be familiar with this viral photo of the African child who was abandoned by his parents. The Nigerian child was just two years old when he was abandoned by his family members because they believed he was a witch.
In January 2016, an emaciated little boy was found roaming the streets of southern Nigeria. The boy, now called Hope, was abandoned by his family because they thought he was a witch and was found in the streets by Anja Ringgren Loven, a Danish woman living in Africa, on January 31.
Ms. Loven fed the child and named him Hope. She wrapped him up in a blanket and took him to the hospital for treatment.
Anja Ringgren Loven marked the landmark in three-year-old Hope’s life by recreating the image of her, encouraging him to drink from a bottle of water, which was shared around the world one year ago.
Just one year later, Hope is thriving: On Tuesday, January 31, the happy, healthy toddler embarked on his first day of school. And to celebrate the milestone, Loven re-created the iconic image of her, encouraging him to drink from a bottle of water. The difference between the two pictures, taken 13 months apart, is remarkable.
David Emmanuel Umem, run an orphanage in southeast Nigeria for children who have been abandoned by their families as a result of superstitious beliefs, called the African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation (ACAEDF).
They took on and named then-two-year-old Hope on 30 January 2016, after he had been accused of being a witch. Hope was emaciated, riddled with worms and suffering hypospadias, “an inborn condition in which one has an incomplete developed urethra”, she says.
The woman who saved him has shared photos showing his incredible recovery.
Writing on Facebook at the start of this week, Ms Loven said: “On the 30 January 2016, I went on a rescue mission with David Emmanuel Umem, Nsidibe Orok and our Nigerian team.
“A rescue mission that went viral, and today it’s exactly 1 year ago the world came to know a young little boy called Hope. “This week Hope will start school.”
Ms. Loven announced in her Facebook profile that Hope is ready for school.
On the 30 of January 2016 I went on a rescue mission with David Emmanuel Umem, Nsidibe Orok and our Nigerian team. A…
According to UNICEF, belief in witchcraft is widespread in Africa, and those most likely to be accused are boys with physical deformities or conditions such as autism.