Heartbreaking and Heart-Touching Story Of A Starving Two-year-old Nigerian Boy – The superstitious belief among most Nigerians is seriously having it’s toll on their children. This is the heartbreaking moment a starving two-year-old Nigerian boy is being cared for by a charity worker after being abandoned on the streets by his family because they superstitiously believe he is a witch.
The boy who is now named Hope, a name normally given to people who are in a similar situation, was reportedly found emaciated and full of holes from worms due to lack of care. The little boy was said to be living on scraps which were thrown to him by passersby for a period of eight months. Imagine a two-year-old boy left alone on the street in Nigeria with neither food nor shelter for 8 months.
The boy was finally rescued after being discovered wandering the streets on January 31 by Anja Ringgren Loven, a Danish woman living in Africa. Hope was discovered undressed as he had nothing to put on.
Horrified by Hope’s condition, Ms Loven decided to attend to him. As can be seen on one of the photos here, she immediately gave him water from her bottle. Thereafter, she took him along and decided to continue to care for him. Ms Loven is the founder of African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation. The (CAEDF) was founded or created three years ago to help children that have been labelled as witches and therefore neglected by the society. Some unfortunate ones are even put to death by the members of their community.
Meeting Ms Loven was the beginning of a new life for the sick little Hope who was already in a disoriented condition that many thought he would no longer survive.
Ms Loven then wrapped Hope in a blanket, holding him in her arms and thereafter took him to the nearest hospital for treatment. On her Facebook page, Ms Loven wrote that:
“Thousands of children are being accused of being witches and we’ve both seen torture of children, dead children and frightened children.”
Also on her Facebook page are images of her feeding the young boy and appealing for donations to help pay for his medical bills.
According to Ms Loven, on getting to the hospital, Hope was given medication to remove the worms from his belly. He was also given daily blood transfusions to incorporate more red blood cells into his body.
Ms Loven, who is married to David Emmanuel Umem, runs a children’s center where the children she saves live and received medical care, food and schooling. She has this to say about the incident.
“Hope’s condition is stable now. He’s taking food for himself and he responds to the medicine he gets.”
“Today, he has had powers to sit up and smiling at us. He’s a strong little boy.”
“I just don’t know how to describe it in words. This is what makes life so beautiful and valuable and therefore I will let the pictures speak for themselves.”
Two days after Ms Loven asked for the community’s help with Hope’s costly medical bills, she received $1million in donations from around the world.
“With all the money, we can, besides giving Hope the very best treatment, now also build a doctor clinic on the new land and save many more children out of torture!”
Finally, Ms Loven was able to put a smile on Hope’s face. A thing many thought would never be possible.