The Danish woman who emerges as the ‘Messiah’ of these ‘Witch Children’

In Nigeria superstition has overshadowed humanity. Small child are accused of being witch and are beaten badly and left on streets. In this situation of grief and dismay a lady from Denmark emerges as a saviour, a messiah. She is Anja Ringgren Lovén, the founder of the African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation (ACAEDF).

One day Anja received a phone call about a two to three-year-old boy who had been abandoned by his family. When she heard that the child was only two to three years old she did not hesitate. Her team  immediately prepared a rescue mission.

The child accused of witchcraft is named Hope. He is now in a stable condition and is being cared for by Anja. But the young boy has had to have a blood transfusion and is being treated for worms.

Anja sold everything to work for the cause of the witch children

Hope is just one of dozens of children who Anja has dedicated her life to help. Three years ago, Anja decided to set up her charity in Nigeria to support children who had been accused of being witches.


She travelled alone to Nigeria where she met children who had been tortured and beaten almost to death because they were accused of being witches and therefore left alone on the street.

Moved by this barbaric and terrible scene Anja decided to sell everything she owned in Denmark to devote her time and life to help ‘witch children’ in Nigeria.”

How does Anja Help?

With her partner, David, Anja now runs a children’s home for young people accused of witchcraft click for more.

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The couple, who have a two-year-old son together, currently have 34 children living in their care, all of whom have been accused of witchcraft.

Anja said to Huffington post: “When children are being tortured and abused and left alone on the street, it gives a child a lot of terrible trauma they carry around inside. Being rejected by your own family must be the loneliest feeling a child can experience, and I don’t believe that anyone can imagine how that must feel like.”

What does ACAEDF do?

The ACAEDF also works to ensure that all children in the southern Nigerian state of Akwa Ibom have the opportunity to go to school as it believes that education is the key to fighting superstition.


ACAEDF rescues and gives  love and support to the vulnerable children accused of witchcraft in Akwa Ibom. “But to put an end to superstition, exorcism and black magic performed by pastors and the so-called witchdoctors advocacy work must be carried out”, ACAEDF believes.

Core Values

ACAEDF works on the human nature that every child in the world has the right to food and education, and to live a dignified life.

Its core values consist of showing sheer compassion, care and love for those who need it the most and through that create confidence.

Ladyfloor salutes the sincere efforts of Anja Loven and urges all to extend their helping hands for the betterment of the world.

This article has been submitted by Vishal Anand, a Maharatna Employee.

Source: Huffingtonpost

Images:Anja Loven facebook page

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