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Abandoned 2-yr-old Nigerian ‘witch child’ makes a miraculous recovery

In January, the photo of a malnourished, abandoned two-year-old Nigerian child moved the world. Now, eight weeks later, Hope looks a lot healthier, and happy.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: April 3, 2016 3:51:43 pm
Hope 1_759_FB The child was found by Danish aid worker Anja Ringgren Loven on January 31, and now Hope enjoys playing with his 35 brothers at the NGOs camp. (Source: DINNødhjælp – deres overlevelse/Facebook)

Back in January, a rather haunting photograph of a malnourished child being offered water by an aid worker took the Internet by storm. The two-year-old Nigerian child had been abandoned by his parents because they thought the toddler was a witch.

Danish aid worker Anja Ringgren Loven, who rescued this abandoned, starving boy, named him Hope and made it a mission to take care of the child, who had been wandering the streets for eight months. He was suffering from malnutrition and worms, but thanks to Loven, Hope was given immediate medical attention. And slowly he began to get better.

Now, just eight weeks later, Hope has undergone a miraculous recovery. In a recent post on the organisation’s Facebook page, photographs of a much healthier and happier Hope have been shared.

Recently, the organisation also shared a touching poem on Hope’s story, urging others to help children who have been cast away for no fault of their own:
“Every little child deserves a chance
To live a life, sing and dance
To play, to care, to love, to share,
And finally blossom it’s only fair….”

Read the full poem here.

Hope poem_759_FB


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