Not minding how evil and heartless humans have become these days, there are still people who are richly filled with the milk of kindness and are ever ready to quench the thirst of the needy with it. You’ll be moved to tears by this story of a two year-old Nigerian boy who was abandoned by parents to die because they believed he is a witch, but was fortunately picked up by a Danish woman.
The two-year-old boy, by name Hope was left wandering naked and hungry for about 8 months on the streets of Uyo in Akwa Ibom state, only surviving by scraps thrown to him by passers by. The malnourished child could be mistaking for a child from a famine-stricken region due to the long term starvation he was subjected to by the same people who gave birth to him. His case was that of some other children who are either killed or left to die of hunger and cold in the streets because their owners for one weird reason or the other termed them ‘witches’ or ‘evil children’.
Some of us may be shocked to know that bizarre practices such as this are still in existence even in our supposedly civilized society. The Danish woman saw this as a challenge that needs to be dealt with, and her foundation is working hard to help educate the local communities, many of which are poor and uneducated, which is the major reason why some of such bizarre practices still exist.
Fortunately for Hope, the Danish woman saw him when he still had some strings of life left in him and showed him rare love and kindness. She gave him water from her bottle with some biscuits, took him up in her arms, wrapped in a cloth and took him to the hospital for treatments.
At the time Hope was picked up by the Danish woman, he was almost starving to death, with swollen feet and joints, and riddled with worms.
At the hospital, Hope 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.”
He was given a good bath and clothed with nice wears. He was also provided with toys to play with. At that point, the little boy who has hitherto been faint and moody wears a smile. The kind woman also allowed her little son to play with him.
Today, he has had powers to sit up and smiling at us. He’s a strong little boy,” Miss Loven added.
The Danish woman whose name is given as Miss Anja Ringgren Loven is a humanitarian health worker and founder of African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation, a foundation she established about 3 years ago in the country. Her mission is to save abandoned and suffering children, especially those of them who are labelled witches through bizarre cultural/religious practices. At the foundation, the children she saves live and receive medical care, food and education.
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.
Miss Loven has so far received about $1 million from donors from around the world after asking the community for fund to settle Hope’s medical bills. She is married to a Nigerian man with whom she runs their orphanage. Miss Loven is also hoping to build a hospital where neglected children like Hope will be medically taken care of.
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