Danish aid worker marks 4 years since the rescue of child branded a witch in Akwa Ibom

Danish aid worker marks 4 years since the rescue of child branded a witch in Akwa Ibom

- A Danish aid worker, Anja Ringgren Lovén, has made it her business to rescue children in need

- The young woman went viral years ago after she rescued a child who was abandoned by his parents in Akwa Ibom as they branded him a witch

- The young boy who is named Hope now looks very healthy and better off after he was rescued by the Danish aid worker and her Nigerian husband

Life has a funny way of happening seeing as the people whose exterior look less than what we are used to are capable of more good deeds than most people.

Such is the case of a Danish aid worker, Anja Ringgren Lovén, whose photo went viral many years ago after she rescued a malnourished little boy in Akwa Ibom who was abandoned by his parents as they called him a witch.

The viral photo showed Anja covered in tattoos as she crouched before the little boy and fed him a bottle of water. Now, the young woman has shared new transformation photos of the boy who was later named Hope.

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Danish aid worker marks 4 years since the rescue of child branded a witch in Akwa Ibom

Danish aid worker marks 4 years since the rescue of child branded a witch in Akwa Ibom
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Anja who saved the boy with the help of her Nigerian husband, David Emmanuel Umem, and Nsidibe Orok shared his new photos with the caption that reads:

“Today is the 30 of January 2020, and today is exactly 4 years ago we rescued Hope. I think most people in the world has seen or heard about the famous picture of Hope and I, where I kneel down in front of his starving malnourished body to give him water.

I don´t want to share the picture today. Instead, I want to share pictures of Hope how he looks like today, 4 years after the rescue. A very strong, intelligent, funny and beautiful young boy who despite all odds, survived!

Hope has seen the famous picture of him and I many times. He will point at himself to say that it’s him on the picture, and then he will smile, as if he was proud. But I know it’s not about pride. Children are born with the ability to forgive. Children are born with no prejudices. It is when children are taught what to think and not how to think, we fail as a society.

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Do we raise Hope to hate his parents that abandoned him, accused him of being a witch and left him alone on the street to die ? No, ofcourse not.

Superstition is caused by lack of structural education, extreme poverty, religious fanaticism and corruption. No society can develop if it’s people are deprived basic human rights such as access to education, health care and social protection.

Education is the most powerful investment in a society and the greatest weapon against ignorance.

Like all our 74 children, Hope goes to school every day. School is the foremost fountain of knowledge children can be exposed to.

Despite his young age, and after 4 years in our care, Hope knows that hate is to great a burden to bear. All we need is love ❤️

As I have said many times before, Hope was not rescued by only me. Hope was rescued by David Emmanuel Umem, Nsidibe Orok and I, and for 4 years now he has been loved, protected and cared for by all our staff and children at Land of Hope.

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Look at my Hopiiiiii Is he not just the most handsome boy in the world?

I also wanted a picture of him with Orok and David together, but David was busy (probably sitting under a tree, drinking palm wine and discussing politics with the village men) noooooo of course not. David is working on a project he will soon reveal.

But our Director of Child Development, all the children’s, including Hope’s, favorite human being in the entire world, Orok was ready to make styles with Hope on this very special day”.

See screenshots of her post and new photos of Hope below:

Danish aid worker marks 4 years since the rescue of child branded a witch in Akwa Ibom

Danish aid worker marks 4 years since the rescue of child branded a witch in Akwa Ibom
Source: Facebook

Danish aid worker marks 4 years since the rescue of child branded a witch in Akwa Ibom

Danish aid worker marks 4 years since the rescue of child branded a witch in Akwa Ibom
Source: Facebook

Danish aid worker marks 4 years since the rescue of child branded a witch in Akwa Ibom

Danish aid worker marks 4 years since the rescue of child branded a witch in Akwa Ibom
Source: Facebook

Danish aid worker marks 4 years since the rescue of child branded a witch in Akwa Ibom

Danish aid worker marks 4 years since the rescue of child branded a witch in Akwa Ibom
Source: Facebook

Beautiful! God bless them.

In other news, Legit.ng reported that Hope, who was abandoned by his village as they called him a witch, represented his school in their 100m race.

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