Danish aid worker Anja Ringgren Lovén has seen some horrible things, but when she came across one little boy in Nigeria, she was beyond shocked.
While working for an aid organization to bring food to southern Nigeria, she came across an emaciated little boy roaming the streets. The two-year-old orphan was naked, riddled with worms and close to death due to starvation and thirst.
In the heart-breaking video of the encounter, the disoriented little boy was too weak to stand after Anja gave him a sip of water. As he kept falling over, she asked why no one was feeding the child. The locals responded, “no mother, no father.”
That’s when Anja pieced together the toddler’s nightmarish situation. Like thousands of other Nigerian children, he had been abandoned by his family after being accused of witchcraft.
Anja took in the small boy and named him Hope.
We’re very happy to report that since his rescue from the streets in January of this year, Hope is now a healthy and happy boy. Being rejected by your own family must be the loneliest feeling a child can experience, but he’s found a new loving family now at an orphanage recently opened by Anja.
Hope is all smiles these days.
There are terribly cruel things in this world, but a kind act like this can restore your faith in humanity.
Seeing an abandoned, starving child like this boy be welcomed into a happy community is enough to give anyone hope (pun intended).