A Danish aid worker who goes by the name Anja Ringgren Lovén is celebrating four years since she rescued a little boy branded a witch by his family and left to starve to death in Aka Ibom State, Nigeria.
On January 30, 2016, the blond hair tatoo-skinned aid worker was photographed giving water to a severely emaciated 2-year-old boy she found on the streets.
The child she later renamed Hope, wandered the streets for months when Anja got a phone call and immediately led a rescue team including her husband David Emmanuel Umem, to bring the child to the Children’s Education and Development Foundation (ACAEDF) aka “Land of Hope”.
Anja took to Facebook on Thursday, January 30, 2020, to mark the anniversary of the day she and her team rescued the little boy and posted this beautiful current photos of him.
Writing about the now six-year-old Hope, she described Hope as a “very strong, intelligent, funny and beautiful young boy who despite all odds, survived” and despite his young age, knows that hate is to great a burden to bear.
Anja Ringgren runs a Charity called Children’s Education and Development Foundation (ACAEDF) also known as “Land of Hope” in Nigeria and has up to 74 children under her care. These children were all rejected by their parents with most branded a witch and kicked out of their home.
Photo credit: Anja Ringgren Lovén [Facebook]