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This Nigerian baby boy was left to die for being a ‘witch’: Here’s his happy story

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After being labelled as ‘witch’ and abandoned by his own family, a two-year-old boy in Nigeria was rescued from the streets by Danish social worker Anja Ringgren Loven.


In a normal world, the biggest battles for a two-year-old would be choking hazzards, toilet-training and the monsters under their beds.

But for this little boy from Nigeria, it was being abandoned by his family after he was accused of ‘witchcraft’.

The two-year-old child was living in the streets by himself, emaciated and infested with worms, when Danish social worker Anja Ringgren Loven found him.

Founder of the African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation (ACAEDF), Loven provided the child with proper medical attention and named him ‘Hope’.

Sharing his story with Huffington Post UK, Loven said how she came to learn about Hope:

After receiving a call about a little boy of around two or three years of age who had been abandoned by his family, Loven rushed to make arrangements to rescue him.

“When we heard that the child was only two to three years old we did not hesitate,” she said. “A child that young cannot survive a long time alone on the streets. We immediately prepared a rescue mission.”

Once rescued, the gravely undernourished boy had to undergo blood transfusion and treatment for his stomach full of worms. But Hope made it through his rocky journey and is now said to be in a stable condition. He even looks healthier than before in the latest pictures Loven posted on Facebook.

However, Hope is just one of the many children in Nigeria who are subjected to this tragic experience of being accused of ‘witchcraft’.

Originally from Denmark, Loven moved to Nigeria after her experience of meeting children here “who had been tortured and beaten almost to death because they were accused of being witches and therefore left alone on the street”.

“What I saw were so barbaric and terrible and it left a deep impression on me,” Loven told Huffington Post UK. Along with her partner David Emmanuel Umem, Loven now runs a home for children accused of being ‘witches’ and currently have 34 of them living in their care.

“Being rejected by your own family must be the loneliest feeling a child can experience, and I don’t believe that anyone can imagine how that must feel like.”

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