In late January 2016 this boy, who was named Hope, was saved on the streets of Nigeria, where he was left by his parents. Some religious leaders in Nigeria accuse children of witchcraft in hopes of charging parents for supposed exorcism services. Hope became a victim of this tradition, but was saved by a Danish rescue mission called DINNødhjælp (‘your relief’).
He has regained his weight by now, lives in an orphanage for “witch” children forsaken by their parents, and is surrounded by love and care.
This is his first day of school, exactly one year after he was rescued by Anja Ringgren Lovén
Just 8 months after his discovery, he started to gain weight and regain his energy
He even received a fresh haircut to go along with his new lease on life
Hope made a full recovery, and is barely recognizable from before
He lives in an orphanage with other children cast out as ‘witches’ by their parents
But really, who could accuse this face of anything evil?
“All children have rights and those rights must be protected, always,” Anja writes on Facebook