اشتهرت المتطوعة الدنماركية، انجا لوفين، في إحدى المؤسسات الخيرية التي تدعى "أرض الأمل"، بصورة انتشرت بشكل كبير على مواقع التواصل الإجتماعي، لتعيد مشاركة متابعيها لصور جديدة تظهر تغير حال الطفل النيجيري الذي تبنته قبل 4 سنوات.
وقررت انجا انقاذ الطفل النيجيري الصغير الذي وجدته وحيدا في الشارع بسبب تخلي عائلته عنه واتهامه بالسحر، فقدمت له بعض الماء ليشرب ومنذ ذلك الحين انتشرت صورتها ليتم مشاركتها بين نشطاء مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي.
وعلّقت انجي على الصور الجديدة قائلة:" قبل اربع سنوات على انقاذ الصبي.. انه قوي جدا ومضحك وجميل نجا من كل الصعاب.. هل اشارك اليوم الصورة لكي نكره والديه اللذين تركاه في الشارع ليموت؟! بالطبع لا.. هذه خرافات ناتجة عن نقص في التعليم والفقر المدقع والتعصب الديني والفساد.. لا يمكن للشعب أن يتطور ان كان محروما من حقوق الانسان الأساسية كالتعليم والصحة والحماية الاجتماعية"
وأضافت:" على الرغم من صغر سنه، وبعد 4 سنوات من رعايتنا، يعرف امل (الإسم الذي اختارته له) ان الكراهية هي عبئ كبير نتحمله، وكل ما نحتاجه هو الحب"
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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 @davidumem @nsidibeorok 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 ? 😍 #hope #rescue #childrights #childrennotwitches #landofhope #education #socialprotection #healthcare #love #development #nigeria #humanity #africa #progress #enlightment #lovenothate #ignorance #humanrights #protection #childrenareourfuture
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Part 1: Today it’s exactly 3 years ago since the world awoke to the horror of Hope’s image when we found him, more dead than alive. On the 30 of January 2016 the world came to know about superstition. Not just the suprstition we know from the movies and our own beliefs, but about a superstition that is killing thousand of innocent children every year. Not just killing, but torturing children in the most barbaric way you can ever imagine until death becomes a relief. I was not alone that day. Hope was not saved by only me. Hope was saved by David Emmanuel Umem, Nsidibe Orok and our entire team. It was a team effort. I’m not, nor will I ever be the white Saviour coming to rescue African children. I’m only human and I’m just doing what I feel is right to do. Today Hope is a very strong and very healthy young boy with an incredible amount of self-esteem. He is highly intelligent and he loves to go to school. He is very interested in life. I mean, he really wants to learn something new everyday. You can find him create games and toys out of nothing. He has such a creative imagination. He has a lot of courage. He is not afraid of anything. I can say without any doubt, that he has no physical nor mental means from that day we found him, 3 years ago today. That day is history. Hope’s recovery is remarkable. When you are surrounded by mere love, care and protection even the most vulnerable and sick child can become a champion. The world should recognize the team of Land of Hope, lead by David. It is definately not easy to work with children who have been tortured, abused and outcasted by a whole community. I rescue children but that is actually the most easy part. What comes after is the most difficult part. To restore the broken minds, the broken hearts, the broken self-esteem of the most vulnerable children, children who has witness death, is the world’s most difficult job. It requires a lot of sacrifice and a strong commitment. It requires staff to put aside their own needs for a while. You are no longer the center of your own universe. You give that position to the children you take under your wings #hope #childrights #humanity #childrenarenotwitches #humanrights