Danish aid worker Anja Ringgren Lovén has shared how her team and PACT AKWA IBOM ( Prevent Abuse of Children Today ) rescued a boy abandoned on suspicion of being a “child witch” in Nigeria’s Akwa Ibom State.
She wrote :
“This boy was found by PACT AKWA IBOM ( Prevent Abuse of Children Today ). PACT did not have money to help the boy so they shared these pictures on Facebook for someone to help the boy.
When I saw the update I immediately called David Emmanuel Umem and within a few minutes Uwemedimo Dominic and our team went out and saved the boy.
He is now in the hospital and will later be taken to our children center Land of Hope.
The boy is very sick and needs serious medical treatment that ACAEDF will pay for. He is now in our custody, and I cannot wait to hug this boy and give him million of kisses. A new child, a new brother to Hope, David Jr. and all our children.
This boy is alive because of the immediate actions taken by David and our team. Forever my heroes”
Anja Ringgren Lovén, a Danish care worker, beat the likes of Pope Francis, Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama to top the list of 100 inspiring individuals compiled by German-language Ooom Magazine in 2016.
Georg Kindel, OOOM’s editor-in-chief, who led the jury that chose the list, said:
“Her sustained efforts to help the abandoned children of Nigeria gives us hope and encourages us to follow suit.”
Witchcraft is considered more than just superstition in Nigeria; cases exist of children abused, abandoned and even tortured for being witches.That’s why Danish aid worker Anja Ringgren Lovén sold everything she owned and moved to Nigeria, devoting her life to helping thousands of children accused of witchcraft and left to starve.
She says of her work, “I simply do not know how to describe it in words. This is what makes life so beautiful.”