– Pictures of a little boy found alone and helpless in Nigeria have gone viral.
– The two-year-old boy was abandoned by his family who believed he was a witch.
– He was rescued by a Danish aid worker who lives in Nigeria.
Harrowing pictures show how a starving two-year-old Nigerian boy was rescued after being discovered naked and wandering the streets because his family thought he was a witch.
The boy, who has been named Hope, was found emaciated and riddled with worms after being forced to live off scraps of food thrown to him by passersby for eight months.
He was rescued by Anja Ringgren Loven, a Danish aid worker living in Nigeria.
She then wrapped the boy in a blanket and took him to a nearby hospital.
Ms Loven is the founder of the African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation, which she created to help children which have been labelled as witches and therefore neglected and or killed by members of their community.
She runs a children’s centre where the children she saves receive medical care, food and schooling.
“Thousands of children are being accused of being witches and we’ve both seen torture of children, dead children and frightened children,” Loven said.
Hope was given medication to remove the worms from his belly and daily blood transfusions to give him more red blood cells.
“Hope’s condition is stable now. He’s taking food for himself and he responds to the medicine he gets,” Loven said.
She said the “strong little boy” even plays with her own son.
Two days after asking for help with Hope’s medical fees, she received $1 million 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!”