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Anja Ringgren Lovén Marks 4 Years She Rescued Hope, A Child Branded As Witch by Viktoreze(m): 3:12am On Jan 31, 2020
Danish aid worker, Anja Ringgren Lovén marks 4 years since the rescue of child branded a witch in Akwa Ibom

Four years ago, January 30, 2016, Danish aid worker Anja Ringgren Lovén was photographed giving water to a severely emaciated 2-year-old boy, who she rescued after he was branded a witch by his family and left to starve to death in Akwa Ibom.

The child wandered the streets for months when Anja got a phone call and immediately led a rescue team including her husband David Emmanuel Umem, to bring the child to the Children's Education and Development Foundation (ACAEDF) aka "Land of Hope" named after the boy.

Danish aid worker, Anja Ringgren Lov?n marks 4 years since the rescue of child branded a witch in Akwa Ibom.

On Thursday, January 30, 2020, Anja posted new photos of Hope to mark the anniversary.

She described Hope as a "very strong, intelligent, funny and beautiful young boy who despite all odds, survived" and despite his young age, knows that hate is to great a burden to bear.

Read her post below:

Today is the 30 of January 2020, and today is exactly 4 years ago we rescued Hope. I think most people in the world has seen or heard about the famous picture of Hope and I, where I kneel down in front of his starving malnourished body to give him water.

I don´t want to share the picture today. Instead I want to share pictures of Hope how he looks like today, 4 years after the rescue. A very strong, intelligent, funny and beautiful young boy who despite all odds, survived !

Hope has seen the famous picture of him and I many times. He will point at himself to say that it’s him on the picture, and then he will smile, as if he was proud. But I know it’s not about pride. Children are born with the ability to forgive. Children are born with no prejudices. It is when children are taught what to think and not how to think, we fail as a society.

Do we raise Hope to hate his parents that abandoned him, accused him of being a witch and left him alone on the street to die ? No, ofcourse not.

Superstition is caused by lack of structural education, extreme poverty, religious fanaticism and corruption. No society can develop if it’s people are deprived basic human rights such as access to education, health care and social protection.

Education is the most powerful investment in a society and the greatest weapon against ignorance.

Like all our 74 children, Hope goes to school every day. School is the foremost fountain of knowledge children can be exposed to.
Despite his young age, and after 4 years in our care, Hope knows that hate is to great a burden to bear. All we need is love

As I have said many times before, Hope was not rescued by only me. Hope was rescued by David Emmanuel Umem , Nsidibe Orok and I, and for 4 years now he has been loved, protected and cared for by all our staff and children at Land of Hope.

Look at my Hopiiiiii Is he not just the most handsome boy in the world ?
I also wanted a picture of him with Orok and David together, but David was busy ( probably sitting under a tree, drinking palm wine and discussing politics with the village men ) noooooo ofcourse not. David is working on a project he will soon reveal

But our Director of Child Development, all the children’s, including Hope’s, favorite human being in the entire world, Orok was ready to make styles with Hope on this very special day
We love you Hopiiii ! Go conquer the world

https://www.instagram.com/p/B78lddXJul_/?igshid=ln5p5jbfy7io

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Re: Anja Ringgren Lovén Marks 4 Years She Rescued Hope, A Child Branded As Witch by BlackfireX: 3:25am On Jan 31, 2020
It shall not be well with all those incipid imbeciles who branded and abandoned this child as a witch.

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Re: Anja Ringgren Lovén Marks 4 Years She Rescued Hope, A Child Branded As Witch by chukwuibuipob: 3:30am On Jan 31, 2020
sad our pipu for don kee the lil man.Thank U Ms Danish.

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Re: Anja Ringgren Lovén Marks 4 Years She Rescued Hope, A Child Branded As Witch by SOFTENGR: 3:51am On Jan 31, 2020
That's how black Africans destroy the lives of their children simply because one useless pastor, juju man or prophet told them to be foolish.

The parents should be arrested and sentenced for child abuse and attempted murder.

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Re: Anja Ringgren Lovén Marks 4 Years She Rescued Hope, A Child Branded As Witch by RiyadhGoddess(f): 4:21am On Jan 31, 2020
Op why did you post Hope before photos even Anja said she won't post them? God Bless you Anja for all you do for the kids in the land of hope. See hopiiii is such a cute boy with a cute smile. I see greatness in Hope...
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Re: Anja Ringgren Lovén Marks 4 Years She Rescued Hope, A Child Branded As Witch by SniperSmurf(m): 5:14am On Jan 31, 2020
I salute this Danish woman. This lady is too much. She deserves National award. Unlike some eye service 'big women' that only do fake charity.

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Re: Anja Ringgren Lovén Marks 4 Years She Rescued Hope, A Child Branded As Witch by Bigflamie(m): 5:25am On Jan 31, 2020
See most of them here commenting as if they are different, leave them alone with the kid they'd still do more than the people that branded him witch, hypocrites.

The people that are hailing this woman for her kind gesture are the same people that believe in their juju, god and all sorts of imaginary creatures. Hypocrisy at its height.

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Re: Anja Ringgren Lovén Marks 4 Years She Rescued Hope, A Child Branded As Witch by SmileDance(f): 5:28am On Jan 31, 2020
SOFTENGR:
That's how black Africans destroy the lives of their children simply because one useless pastor, juju man or prophet told them to be foolish.

The parents should be arrested and sentenced for child abuse and attempted murder.
couldn't have said it better!

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Re: Anja Ringgren Lovén Marks 4 Years She Rescued Hope, A Child Branded As Witch by BetterMan247(m): 5:39am On Jan 31, 2020
I'm sure the parent are watching him closely and there heart is full of regret and shame now. Big thank you @MadamDanish

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Re: Anja Ringgren Lovén Marks 4 Years She Rescued Hope, A Child Branded As Witch by happybee: 6:32am On Jan 31, 2020
Wow. Handsome guy.

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Re: Anja Ringgren Lovén Marks 4 Years She Rescued Hope, A Child Branded As Witch by eyinjuege: 6:49am On Jan 31, 2020
SniperSmurf:
I salute this Danish woman. This lady is too much. She deserves National award. Unlike some eye service 'big women' that only do fake charity.

Do not forget the other men she worked with in saving Hope. She even mentioned their names too.

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Re: Anja Ringgren Lovén Marks 4 Years She Rescued Hope, A Child Branded As Witch by eyinjuege: 6:50am On Jan 31, 2020
BetterMan247:
I'm sure the parent are watching him closely and there heart is full of regret and shame now. Big thank you @MadamDanish

They're only watching him to see if he becomes a "big man" tomorrow, so they can come and enjoy from his largesse

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Re: Anja Ringgren Lovén Marks 4 Years She Rescued Hope, A Child Branded As Witch by anuofGod(f): 6:58am On Jan 31, 2020
His old pictures brought tears to my eyes, poor boy left to die by people who have been brainwashed and made unredeemably foolish by their nonsense priests or pastors who doesn't value life.

Huge thanks to the Danish woman who saved him. May God's mercy forever be on your generation too.

It sickens me to the depth of my soul how some Nigerian parents takes their priests or pastors as God. Nonsense.

May God save every other children out there that are in the same predicament as hope.

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Re: Anja Ringgren Lovén Marks 4 Years She Rescued Hope, A Child Branded As Witch by Evangkatsoulis: 7:00am On Jan 31, 2020
BlackfireX:
It shall not be well with all those incipid imbeciles who branded and abandoned this child as a witch.





INSIPID

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Re: Anja Ringgren Lovén Marks 4 Years She Rescued Hope, A Child Branded As Witch by Goldencheese(m): 7:21am On Jan 31, 2020
This awesome destiny would have just been wasted. What religious fanaticism, stupidity, zealotry and illiteracy can do, eh!

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Re: Anja Ringgren Lovén Marks 4 Years She Rescued Hope, A Child Branded As Witch by BetterMan247(m): 7:50am On Jan 31, 2020
eyinjuege:


They're only watching him to see if he becomes a "big man" tomorrow, so they can come and enjoy from his largesse

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Re: Anja Ringgren Lovén Marks 4 Years She Rescued Hope, A Child Branded As Witch by Opsylo: 7:59am On Jan 31, 2020
Imagine

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Re: Anja Ringgren Lovén Marks 4 Years She Rescued Hope, A Child Branded As Witch by ursullalinda(f): 9:29am On Jan 31, 2020
That child was almost gone but mercy said NO!......May God bless him for saving a soul......Africans and their backward thinking smh

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Re: Anja Ringgren Lovén Marks 4 Years She Rescued Hope, A Child Branded As Witch by nairalee(m): 9:29am On Jan 31, 2020
Such a lovely young boy could have wasted for nothing....

That's another indication that shows that most of our problems in Nigeria remains ignorance, illiteracy and belief in superstition.

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Re: Anja Ringgren Lovén Marks 4 Years She Rescued Hope, A Child Branded As Witch by Perfecttouchade: 9:29am On Jan 31, 2020
Aww...Glory, where are the parents ...dey need a wicked,bad slap

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Re: Anja Ringgren Lovén Marks 4 Years She Rescued Hope, A Child Branded As Witch by Bear007(m): 9:29am On Jan 31, 2020
Everyone has an angel in human form,

She's his angel....


I pray mine meet with me.


God bless her.

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Re: Anja Ringgren Lovén Marks 4 Years She Rescued Hope, A Child Branded As Witch by noblealuu: 9:29am On Jan 31, 2020
Anja Ringgren for President.


We need her to transform Nigeria's economy and overhaul our security apparatuses.

They wanted to stone this child(Nigeria) when he failed after we asked the child to resign.

Anja, please take over Aso Rock and give us life as you've given to this once lifeless child. shocked

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Re: Anja Ringgren Lovén Marks 4 Years She Rescued Hope, A Child Branded As Witch by iyatrustee(f): 9:29am On Jan 31, 2020
See how cute the boy is, poverty would have buried this handsomeness if he had remained with his parents.


Hustle oh make your children no ugly!!!

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Re: Anja Ringgren Lovén Marks 4 Years She Rescued Hope, A Child Branded As Witch by Chamber2000: 9:29am On Jan 31, 2020
That's how Nigerians rescued useless Osibanjo and buhari and today they both look like human being

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Re: Anja Ringgren Lovén Marks 4 Years She Rescued Hope, A Child Branded As Witch by Gulher: 9:30am On Jan 31, 2020
I wonder how this child will feel when he is of age to see and understand his past and see this these pictures

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Re: Anja Ringgren Lovén Marks 4 Years She Rescued Hope, A Child Branded As Witch by Akshow: 9:30am On Jan 31, 2020
I will pick that tattooed white woman over many sanctimonious, religious, holier than thou christians. If heaven truly exist, people will be shocked.

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Re: Anja Ringgren Lovén Marks 4 Years She Rescued Hope, A Child Branded As Witch by sisisioge: 9:30am On Jan 31, 2020
Wow! I honestly can't get over this...thank you maami kiss kiss

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Re: Anja Ringgren Lovén Marks 4 Years She Rescued Hope, A Child Branded As Witch by TOPCRUISE(m): 9:30am On Jan 31, 2020
Some people can kill a person's destiny in this country. If the government did not find that person, its the people including members of his household and Neighbours that will find ways to kill him; When people call you names that your parents did not give you, such kind of people wants to kill your destiny.
We have only few good people in Nigeria, all others are hypocrites

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Re: Anja Ringgren Lovén Marks 4 Years She Rescued Hope, A Child Branded As Witch by Patrioticman007(m): 9:30am On Jan 31, 2020
If not for the coming of slave traders, these monkeys in human form, will still be practising their animalistic religion. See their developers eyes & developed eyes like okrika.

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Re: Anja Ringgren Lovén Marks 4 Years She Rescued Hope, A Child Branded As Witch by Mihaug(m): 9:30am On Jan 31, 2020
Isn't our God wonderful? See Transformation.

The same people that accused her of being a witch... Only if they could see her now...

But honestly speaking, even as she is fresh now who else thought it was a boy in the latest pictures?

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