Child neglect: Charity rescues Nigerian toddler accused of being a witch

A Nigerian toddler was found abandoned, naked and wandering the streets, living off scraps thrown to him by passersby for eight months until a Danish woman rescued him.

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play Anja Ringgren Lovén gives water to a starved child she found in Nigeria (Anja Ringgren Lovén - Facebook )
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A Danish woman has made headlines around the world for rescuing a toddler from Nigeria abandoned by his family who accused him of being a witch.

Anja Ringgren Lovén who founded African Children's Aid Education and Development Foundation ( ACAEDF) posted photos on her Facebook page of the rescue on January 31.

The child, who she named Hope, was emaciated and said to be left for dead because his family accused him of being a witch.

play Anja Ringgren Lovén rescues an abandoned child in Nigeria (Anja Ringgren Lovén - Facebook )

He was suffering worms and was living off scraps thrown to him by passersby for eight months.

Lovén found him naked and wandering the streets. Photos on her Facebook page show her sharing her water bottle with him, then taking him away and bathing him.

play Hope is rescued from the streets of Nigeria by Anja Ringgren Lovén (Anja Ringgren Lovén - Facebook )

Writing in Danish which was translated to English, Lovén said she had seen a lot in her three years in Nigeria on her rescue operations.

She works to help children who have been labelled as witches.

“Thousands of children are being accused of being witches and we've both seen torture of children, dead children and frightened children. This footage shows why I fight. Why I sold everything I own. Why I'm moving out in uncharted territory.”

A new documentary she was working on aimed to get leaders in Nigeria to focus on superstition.

play Hope is bathed by his rescuers in Nigeria (Anja Ringgren Lovén - Facebook )

She found Hope, took him to hospital and called on followers to donate to pay for his bills.

An update stated he was in a stable condition, getting blood transfusions every day so he could receive red blood cells.

The worms were causing him pain, but he was eating and playing with Lovén's own son, she said.

He was growing stronger by the day and gaining weight.

"Now we only need him to talk. But that will come naturally when he is out of the hospital and starting his life among all our children. Children become stronger together."

play The child, called Hope, has been taking food and medicine. (Anja Ringgren Lovén - Facebook )

After receiving over $1 million danish kroner in donations over two days, Lovén wrote she was overwhelmed.

“I'm so grateful and touched by all the love, care and huge support there just pouring here to Nigeria all the way from Denmark!”

She said Hope would be able to get the best treatment available and they were also able to build a doctor's clinic to save more children.

Her story has been shared through the world's major media outlets.

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