Danish aid specialist Anja Ringgren Lovén was on a mission with her significant other in Nigeria to save a portion of the large number of youngsters deserted every year in the wake of being blamed for being wizards.
“We’ve seen both frightened, tortured and even dead children,” Lovén, co-founder of the African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation (ACAEDF), described in a 2016 blog post.
That is the point at which she initially met a young lad who she has now called Hope. The little child, who was quite emaciated at that point, was left for dead by his folks in a little town.
“I chose to call him Hope, because right now, we’re all hoping that he survives,” Lovén wrote two days after she rescued the boy. “[He was] in a village, naked, alone and almost dead.”
Hope lives with 35 different youngsters in a safe house run by Lovén and her significant other, David Emmanuel Umem, in Eket, Nigeria — and his story is proceeding to help many different kids much the same as him.
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