Heartbreaking rescue story of a Nigerian boy who was left to die by his family
Some time back there was a heartbreaking image doing rounds of the internet in which there was a severely malnourished child who was being given a drink of water by a woman in Nigeria. The image was so shocking and disturbing that it invoked responses from all over the world regarding the details of the boy and the whole story about the child’s condition and whether something was done for him or not.
The child was apparently roaming on the streets of Nigeria naked and looking for food all by himself after being abandoned by his family. An aid worker found him and gave him a drink of water and rescued him from the streets.
Here is more on the child’s condition and some more heartwarming news on the rescue of the boy.
1 The boy
This boy was two years old and was roaming on the streets of Nigeria all by himself and was severely malnourished from not having eaten food for some days. He was found in the same condition by an aid worker by the name of Anja Loven who initially fed him some biscuits and gave him some water.
The boy was abandoned by his family for being accused of being a witch and was left on the streets to fend for himself. Such situations are pretty common in Nigeria where people have strong belief in shamans and black magic.
If the magic man points towards a member of family (which is undergoing some troubled time) calling that member a witch, the family then outcasts that particular member from the house. It doesn’t matter if the member is a male or a female, young or old or even disabled; that member is left to fend for himself/herself or die on street.
2 His previous situation
The two-year-old child was found roaming on the streets naked and begging for food or water for 8 months on his own. When aid worker Anja found him and fed him some biscuits and water, the boy was covered in worms and was severely emaciated from days of hunger and thirst.
“Thousands of children are being accused of being witches and we’ve seen torture of children, dead children and frightened children,” wrote Anja on her Facebook page. The boy was given daily blood transfusions to keep him alive and efforts were put in to help him get healthy again.
3 The rescue
Anja took the boy to African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation, a charity started by her to save and help kids like this boy- who was named Hope- who have been branded as witches by their families and abandoned on streets and left to die.
The boy was taken to a hospital first, where the doctors treated him for the worms that were present in his stomach and was also given multiple blood transfusions in order to save his life. Anja Loven had to appeal for funds in order to pay for the medical bills of the boy and many others like him on her Facebook page.
Soon over $1 million were received by her. This happened after she had shared her story and told the world about the work she had been doing. He was also found to have a rare medical condition known as hypospadias which is a genital birth defect, in which the opening of the urethra forms oddly. The only treatment is surgery and he is scheduled to have the surgery to correct the condition.
4 The current condition of the boy
Anja shared an update on the condition of Hope. “Hope is getting so much better,” she wrote. She said that he is gaining weight now and is looking healthy. She is now waiting for him to talk, but is hopeful that this will happen when he comes out of the hospital. He can mingle with the children and this way he can become stronger even.
Hope is in stable condition and taking food by himself and is showing great response to the medicines given to him in order to make him healthy again. African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation is the charity founded by Anja Loven, who is a Danish citizen living in Nigeria and helping children who have been branded as witches and left to die by their families.