When a little child is abandoned by his parents, little or no hope of survival exists for that child in Nigeria, but in the case of Hope, a two year-old toddler, God sent an angel in good time to save him. Hope was abandoned because his parents believed he was a witch, a superstitious belief held strongly by some culture. Anja Ringgren Lovén, an aid worker has offered hope to the child she rescued. She named him Hope. Lovén found Hope wandering the street, looking skinny, hungry, and sick. Lovén offered Hope water and biscuit and took him to her care. Hope is being cared for by the African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation (ACAEDF), which Lovén found with her husband.
In an interview with Huffington Post, Lovén said “Being rejected by your own family must be the loneliest feeling a child can experience, and I don’t believe that anyone can imagine how that must feel like.” She said she is committed to helping children who have been abandoned and labelled witches by the local communities. “We rescue and we give love and support to the vulnerable children accused of witchcraft in Akwa Ibom. But to put an end to superstition, exorcism and black magic performed by pastors and the so-called witchdoctors, advocacy work must be carried out,” she said. Since the story broke, Lovén has raised more than $1 million to support her mission.