Photos: Aid Worker Gives 2-Year-Old Nigerian Boy Water Who Was Shunned By Community For Alleged Witchcraft

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Nigerian child is neglected and starved after being called a witch

A Nigerian boy, now named Hope (pictured left), wandered the streets, emaciated and unclad, for eight months after he was labelled a witch and shunned from his community. In late January, Danish aid worker Anja Ringgren Loven (pictured left) found him and gave him water and food before wrapping him in a blanket (right) and taking him to the hospital. See more photos after the break

‘Thousands of children are being accused of being witches and we've both seen torture of children, dead children and frightened children,’ Ms Loven wrote 

Horrified by Hope’s condition, Ms Loven bent down and began feeding him and giving him water from her bottle.  She then wrapped the disorientated and sick toddler up in a blanket, holding him in her arms, before taking him to the nearest hospital for treatment.

Ms Loven said Hope was accused of being a witch and was shunned from his Nigerian community 

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 is the founder of African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation, which she created to help children that have been labelled as a witch and therefore neglected by the members of their community

When Hope reached the hospital he was given medication to remove the worms from his belly and daily blood transfusions to incorporate more red blood cells into his body, Ms Loven said.

‘Hope’s condition is stable now. He’s taking food for himself and he responds to the medicine he gets.  Today, he has had powers to sit up and smiling at us. He’s a strong little boy.’

Ms Loven held him in her arms before taking him to the nearest hospital for treatment (pictured)

Ms Loven said Hope even plays with her own son.

‘I just don’t know how to describe it in words. This is what makes life so beautiful and valuable and therefore I will let the pictures speak for themselves,’ she said.

When Hope reached the hospital he was given medication to remove the worms from his belly and daily blood transfusions to incorporate more red blood cells into his body

Two days after Ms Loven asked for the community’s help with Hope’s costly medical bills, she received $1million 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!’ she said.

Ms Loven said Hope (right) even plays with her own son, David Jr (pictured left) when they visit him

Ms Loven runs an children’s center where the children she saves live and received medical care, food and schooling. She and her husband, David Emmanuel Umem, began building their own orphanage in late January.

‘Hope's condition is stable now. He's taking food for himself, and he responds to the medicine he gets. Today, he has had powers to sit up and smiling at us. He's a strong little boy,’ Ms Loven said 

A couple of weeks later, Hope is still in the hospital and is now eating properly and gaining strength

Ms Loven (pictured) runs an children's center where the children she saves live and received medical care, food and schooling

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