The Nigerian boy who was left for dead by his family and the community after being accused of being a ‘witch’ has now completed his first week at school. His rescuer, a Danish aid worker, celebrated the happy moment by recreating the viral image she had of her with him.
Anja Ringgren Loven, who runs an orphanage in south-east Nigeria for children who are abandoned by their families because of superstitious beliefs, took the then-two-year-old Hope under her wing on 30 January 2016. At that time, Hope was severely malnourished, riddled with worms. He also had hypospadias which is a congenital condition in which one has an underdeveloped urethra.
Anja shared the before and after images on social media and wrote the following words: ‘A rescue mission that went viral, and today it's exactly 1 year ago the world came to know a young little boy called Hope. This week Hope will start school.’ Her post quickly went viral with around 22,000 likes and was shared more than 7,000 times.