These new photos shows what the little ‘witch’ boy ,Hope, looks like 8 weeks aafter he was rescued and given proper care by a Danish Philanthropist, Anja Ringgren Lovén.
Hope is the new name given to the little boy who was accused of witch craft and cast out to wander the streets of a community in Uyo; almost on the blink of starvation and death.
Now, new pictures shared by the aid worker who adopted him reveal the extraordinary transformation he has undergone in a matter of weeks.
It’s been two months since an image of Danish philanthropist Anja Ringgren Lovén giving water to Hope was shared around the world on social media.
The boy’s story has went viral, sparking more awareness campaign led by the African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation (ACAEDF), founded by Ms Lovén and her husband David.
Currently Hope is to undergo a corrective surgery of an ailment called Hypospadias – a congenital condition in males in which the opening of the urethra is on the underside of the penis – Ms Lovén had informed Hope’s supporters in an update on her Facebook page.
The surgery she says, is expected to take place next week, but Ms Lovén believes the operation will be successful since it’s not an unusual surgical procedure.
“This is an operation the doctors have performed many times, so [he] will be fine. As you can see on the pictures Hope is really enjoying his life now having 35 new brothers and sisters who ALL take such good care of him, play with him, study with him, and make sure he is safe and is getting a lot of love.”
Ms Lovén came to Nigeria after she gave up all she had in Denmark to set up a foundation which cater for Nigeria’s so-called “witch children” who have been abandoned by family and communities.
According to her, she first encountered the problem created out of fictitious and superstitious practices in the rural areas of Nigeria when she came to Nigeria alone three years ago and met children who had been tortured, beaten or left to alone on the street to die because they were accused of being witches.