Saturday, April 2, 2016

Breaks the heart story


I found this story incredibly moving. Anja Ringgren Loven, a Danish aid worker in Africa found the boy naked and wandering the streets in Nigeria. This photo was captured by an onlooker as she gave him a sip of water from her water bottle. She then wrapped the little boy in a blanket and took him to the nearest hospital. He was found to be suffering from worms and starvation (obviously) and also requires surgery to correct a urethra problem. I am thinking this was probably why he was abandoned by his parents.

Ms Loven is the founder of African Children's Aid Education and Development Foundation, which she created three years ago to help children that have been labelled as a witch and therefore neglected and even killed by the members of their community.
"Thousands of children are being accused of being witches and we've both seen torture of children, dead children and frightened children', she wrote on Facebook, accompanying images of her feeding the young boy and appealing for donations to help pay for his medical bills.

Ms Loven named the little boy Hope as she wanted to confer some dignity on this waif. I think they are both aptly named, imagine having the last name Loven. The little boy is thriving now after 8 weeks of care and he is now in an orphanage with 35 other children who have become the family that he lost. An amazing story.

Click on the link above to see the amazing photos of this little boy and the woman who rescued him.


Elena said...

Interesting as I just listened to a program on a catholic nun in nigeria (I think) that runs a home for spirit children. These are kids who are abandoned because they are ill, born with a defect,thought to have brought a curse on the community or twins (thought to be unlucky!).

Anonymous said...

Elena, that's so sad to hear. It reminds me of the Asian children available for adoption by Canadian parents. They often seem to be those children with medical conditions.