Hope is a two year-old boy who was discarded from his community for being a witch – which his community labelled him as an infant.
The child was roaming the streets on his own; fending for himself and eating whatever his tiny hands could salvage, either picking food off the streets or whatever edibles humane passer-bys threw at him.
On January 30, a Danish woman, Anja Riggren Loven found Hope wandering the streets looking extremely emaciated and his body riddled with worms while he was going about his day scavenging for food, as usual.
She took him under her care. That was months ago.
Today, Loven revealed she was happy at Hope’s recovery saying, ‘I love him like a son’.
Hope who could barely stand when Loven found him has returned to healthy weight.
Loven said after Hope had been roaming the streets for over eight months before she found him in January.
“Hope is like a son to me. Like the rest of our children I love him more than words can describe.
I was so sick to my bones to see a two-year-old boy in such a horrible condition.
When we first entered the village I looked over my shoulders and slowly turned around to see Hope sitting on the side of the road.
I thought I was going to see a bigger boy but when I saw he was the size of a little baby, my whole body froze.
I became a mother myself 20 months ago and I was thinking of my own son when I saw Hope.
He got the best treatment we could give him, and everyday my team and I was hoping that he would survive.
Very quickly we discovered that Hope was a very strong boy. A little fighter”.