Starving toddler found on streets of Nigeria looks totally different now.
At the beginning of this year, aid worker Anja Ringgren Loven shared a photo of herself giving a starving child some water.
The two-year-old boy, called Hope, had apparently been abandoned by his family near Uyo, southern Nigeria.
When he was found on January 30, he was thought to have spent eight months fending for himself and living off scraps. After giving him some water, Anja wrapped him up in a blanket and took him to the hospital for treatment.
Her photo with Hope went viral, and captured the hearts of people around the world. Within just two days, the organization had received one million Danish kroner (£106,712) in donations for Hope.
Anja’s organisation took Hope in two months ago and, since then, he has made an incredible recovery. He has gained weight, and is finally a happy, healthy toddler.
However, doctors found that Hope has hypospadias – a genital birth defect where the urethra emerges somewhere on the shaft or at the base of the penis, rather than at the tip.
Because of this, he’ll need to have surgery next week.
‘This is an operation the doctors have performed many times, so Hope will be very fine,’ Anja wrote on Facebook.
Anja is the founder of African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation, an organization based in Uyo that helps impoverished or neglected children.
Along with her husband, David Emmanuel Umem, she runs a children’s centre where kids can receive medical care, food and an education.
The couple also started building their own orphanage at the end of January.
After rescuing Hope, she wrote on the organizations website: ‘I have seen much here in Nigeria over the last three years. I’ve spared you many experiences when we’ve been on rescue missions.
‘Thousands of children are being accused of being witches, and we’ve seen the torture of children, frightened children and dead children.
‘The images here show why I am fighting, why I sold everything I own.’