"Thousands of children are being accused of being witches and we've both seen torture of children, dead children and frightened children," says aid worker Anja Ringgren Loven, who rescued one of them: an abandoned, starving two-year-old Nigerian boy.

He was discovered naked and wandering the streets because his family thought he was a witch.


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The tiny little boy, who has been named Hope, was emaciated and riddled with worms after having been forced to live off scraps of food that were thrown to him by passersby for the last eight months.

Anja, a Danish woman living in Africa, was the rescue worker that bent down and began giving him food and water. She then wrapped him up in a blanket and brought him to the nearest hospital.

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Anja is the founder of the African Children's Aid Education and Development Foundation, which she created to help children which have been labelled as witches and therefore neglected and even killed by members of their community.

She runs a children's center where the children she saves receive medical care, food and schooling.

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Thanks to Anja, Hope was given medical care, including medication to remove the worms from his belly and daily blood transfusions to give him more red blood cells.

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Slowly, he began to get better. And now, a little more than two weeks after Hope's rescue, his condition is stable.

Anja said that he's eating on his own now, and he responds to the medicine he gets.

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After just a short period of time, he found the strength to sit up again, and even smile.

Anja said that this "strong little boy" even plays with her own son.

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"This," she said, "is what makes life so beautiful and valuable and therefore I will let the pictures speak for themselves."

Two days after Anja asked for help with Hope's medical fees, she received $1 million in donations from all over the world.

"With all the money, we can, besides giving Hope the very best treatment, now also build a doctor clinic on the new land and save many more children out of torture!" she wrote on her Facebook page.



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