Remember the starving, abandoned ‘Witch-child’ found by Anja Ringgren Lovén 2016?

In late January 2016, a Danish aid worker Anja Ringgren Lovén went on a rescue mission on the streets of Nigeria, and discovered a starving child on the edge of death.

The moment was captured in a haunting photograph, in which she tilts a water bottle toward the frail young boy’s lips. One year later, the same boy is starting school after a full recovery, and a recreation of his first photo shows just how far he’s come.

You will recall that Anja Ringgren Lovén, Woman who rescued Nigerian ‘witch-child’ named World most inspiring person of the year 2016. Anja Ringgren Lovén works for an organisation called DINNødhjælp (‘your relief’) which found the abandoned boy, appropriately named Hope.

They rescue children labelled as ‘witches’, who are often tortured and killed by their own parents. Some religious leaders in Nigeria accuse children of witchcraft in hopes of charging parents for supposed exorcism services, an epidemic Anja and her team combat by sheltering affected children.

This is his first day of school, exactly one year after he was rescued by Anja Ringgren Lovén

The boy, named Hope, was left to die by his parents after being accused of ‘witchcraft’

He was taken to the hospital immediately and was treated for malnutrition and stomach worms

Just 8 months after his discovery, he started to gain weight and regain his energy

He even received a fresh haircut to go along with his new lease on life

Hope made a full recovery and is barely recognisable from before

He lives in an orphanage with other children cast out as ‘witches’ by their parents

But really, who could accuse this face of anything evil?

The orphanage, run by Anja Ringgren Lovén and her team, proved to be a loving home for Hope

Anja works for DINNødhjælp (‘your relief’), a Danish volunteer organisation active in Nigeria

“All children have rights and those rights must be protected, always,” Anja writes on Facebook

One year of love and care gave Hope a completely fresh start

 

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