Heartbreaking photos of a starving boy in Nigeria have garnered over a £100,000 in donations and highlighted the issue of superstition across the country.
The boy, dubbed Hope, was found emaciated and abandoned after being accused of being a witch.
Anja Ringgren Lovén, an aid worker from Denmark, shared the photos to Facebook, saying, “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.”
After adding that Hope was in hospital and that donations were being accepted to help his recovery, over 1 million Danish kroner (around £103,000) was donated in two days.
The full story of what happened to Hope is not clear, but it seems that he is one of many young children in the country who are accused of being witches, then tortured, cast out or killed as a result.
Hope is now stable in hospital. Anja added: “He is a strong little boy. To see him sit and play with my own son is without a doubt the greatest experience of my life.
“I simply do not know how to describe it in words. This is what makes life so beautiful and valuable and I will let the pictures here speak for themselves.”
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