In 2016, the photo of a 2 year old boy who had been ostracized by his community in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria, after he was accused of being a witch, went viral.
The gut wrenching picture of the little boy buzzed social media for a long while after he rescued by a Danish humanitarian worker, Anja Ringgren Loven, who took him into her wings and cared for him.
It’s been over 3 years since the little boy was rescued and Anja Ringgren, has now taken to Facebook to share a video of the boy donning his school sports kit, bouncing as though to dance.
She shared the video and wrote;
Look at this little gangstar 😂😂😂😎
When I think of Hope and his development I feel very proud of the staff at Land of Hope and how hard they have worked with Hope. When he was rescued he was barely alive. He was close to death. I never thought he would survive. Today he is the most healthy brilliant young boy going to school everyday. He has so much confidence and self-love and even though he cannot speak he surely knows how to communicate using his high intelligence. Never has he complained about not being able to speak. Never has he shown any sign of giving up. Instead he has taken up every challenge that has come his way with an open mind and positive attitude. And keep in mind, this is a child who spend most of his early life abandonned, not being cared for or even loved by his own family. Hope’s story is amazing.
When I think of Hope I also have another feeling of being powerless and desperate. Because the fact is that there are thousands of “Hope’s” out there in need of our help. At Land of Hope we have today 72 children, rescued from death and given a new life with love, care and protection. But everyday innocent children are tortured and killed due to superstion and ignorance. I hardly sleep sometimes because I know that we need to do more. Our work is not easy because we also risk our lives when we go on rescue missions, advocacy missions, and just to bring awareness of superstition can be dangerous. But despite the danger we will never give up. But we need your support to be able to fight superstition. And I often get questions on where to make donations. If you want to support Hope, our children and our work to fight superstition to safe more lives we need all the support we can get.
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