Starving Boy Branded a 'Witch' Saved by Danish Woman

StoryfulPublished: November 15, 2017823 views
Published: November 15, 2017

A Danish aid worker has been praised for saving a small Nigerian boy, who was left for dead in his village for eight months, because he was labelled a “witch”. The little boy, named Hope, had been forced to live off scraps and whatever passers-by had given him. He was discovered emaciated, disoriented and full of worms by Danish aid worker Anja Ringgren Lovén. The footage shows Hope being mocked by villagers as he stumbles around. Lovén gives Hope some water and food, and eventually negotiates his release into her care. She is the founder of the African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation charity, which works to save children who are abandoned, tortured and starved in rural communities, because they are thought to be involved in witchcraft. The footage here is a clip from a documentary about the work Lovén does in Nigeria. When the photos of Anja feeding Hope went viral online, a massive fundraising drive began worldwide, with her charity receiving around $1 million in funding. Credit: Anne Isbak (photo); Jeppe Sig (edit) – Sand TV via Storyful

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