A scared, emaciated and naked Nigerian child was found and rescued by a Danish aid worker, eight months after he was abandoned to his fate by his family, who accused him of being a witch. During the past eight months, the worm-ridden boy, who is now called Hope, slept rough and scavenged on whatever he could find on every nook and cranny of streets in a town in the southern Nigerian state of Akwa Ibom.
“When we heard that the child was only two to three years old we did not hesitate. A child that young cannot survive a long time alone on the streets. We immediately prepared a rescue mission,” said Anja Ringgren Lovén, the founder of the African Children's Aid Education and Development Foundation.
After a few days of nutritional and medical treatment, Hope, who is now being cared for by Anja, attained a stable condition, but he needed blood transfusion and an urgent treatment for his worms.
According to Anja, thousands of Nigerian children are accused of practicing witchcraft and rejected by their families.