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Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Shockingly emaciated boy found starving and naked after family abandoned him because they thought he was a WITCH
Emaciated: Hope was close to death
These are the horrifying pictures of a
two-year-old boy left to die by his family because they thought he was a witch.
The little lad, named Hope, was found painfully thin, riddled with worms and close to death by a charity worker.
Anja Ringgren Loven, a Danish woman, discovered him wandering naked in Nigeria after living off scraps thrown by passers-by for eight months.
Disgusted by the boy's condition Ms Loven gathered him up, fed him and gave him water from a bottle.
She wrapped the toddler in a blanket and cradled him in her arms as she took him to the nearest
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Heartbreaking: Hope was found close to death by the side of the road
Kind: Ms Loven gathered him in her arms
Starving: The boy lived off scraps of food thrown by passers-by
Ms Loven founded the
African Children's Aid Education and Development Foundation
three years ago to help children who suffer unimaginable cruelty after being labelled as witches.
The youngsters are neglected and even killed by the members of their community.
Caring: Hope was treated at a hospital
Cleaned: The toddler was accused of being a witch
Abandoned: Ms Loven has set up a charity to help children branded witches
Recovering: Hope was riddled with worms when he was found
Torture: Perceived witchhood affects thousands of children, according to Ms Loven
Ms Loven said: "Thousands of children are being accused of being witches and we've both seen torture of children, dead children and frightened children."
The charity is appealing for donations to help pay for Hope's medical bills.
Help: Hope is recovering well thanks to Ms Loven
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