You’ve probably seen this photograph before. It took the internet by storm shortly after it was taken on January 30th, 2015. It shows Anja Ringgren Loven giving water to a starving two year old child.
He had been found naked, roaming the streets of Nigeria. Anja immediately took him to hospital. It was here that the child’s story emerged.
The boy known as Hope had been abandoned by his family as they thought he was a witch and he’d been left for months fending for himself with whatever he could find on the streets. He was extremely malnourished by the time Anja found him. Sadly this is the fate of many children in Nigeria accused of witchcraft.
Hope was one of the lucky ones. Anja and her husband run the African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation, an organisation that provides for kids in Africa with education, health, and shelter.
Two months on and the transformation of Hope is absolutely astounding and has to be seen to be believed.
Hope’s story goes a little way to restore your faith in humanity.