How time flies. It is one year since Hope was found in the streets by Anja Ringgren Loven, a Danish charity worker living in Nigeria in January 2016.T This is the little boy who broke many people’s hearts after photos of him starved, emaciated and riddled with worms hit the internet.
Hope who was two years then had been abandoned by his parents who accused him of being a witch. He had spent eight months in the streets fending for himself and living of leftovers.
Two days after rescuing the boy, Anja wrote…
“I chose to call him Hope, because right now, we’re all hoping that he survives. He was in a village, naked, alone and almost dead.”
Immediately pictures of him sipping a water bottle surfaced the internet, people from all over the world donated over $1 million to aid in his recovery. There was no time to waste. Hope was rushed to the hospital get treatment to remove worms from his stomach and receive daily transfusion of blood.
Today a new story is being written, Anja who many see as a miracle worker posted a picture of him joining school for the first time and the world can smile again.
In an emotional post on Facebook, Anja wrote “On the 30th of January 2016 I went on a rescue mission with David Emmanuel Umem, Nsidibe Orok and our Nigerian team. A rescue mission that went viral, and today it’s exactly one year ago the world came to know a young little boy called Hope. This week Hope will start school.”
In the new photo, a heavier Hope is wearing a red jumper, a black backpack and white Velcro sneakers, he is also sipping water from a bottle — just like he did in the original. The boy’s healthy appearance is a welcome surprise to those who heard his story 12 months ago.
Anja, is the founder of African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation, where the youngsters she saves live and receives medical care, food and schooling.
After rescuing Hope, she sought to inform the world that Hope is just one of the stories of what is really going on in the country.
“I have seen much here in Nigeria over the last three years. I’ve spared you many experiences when we’ve been on rescue missions. Thousands of children are being accused of being witches, we’ve seen frightening, torture and death of children. The images here show why I am fighting,” she said.