Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Anja Ringgren Lovén is the world's most inspiring person for 2016 - OOOM Magazine



According to OOOM Magazine, a Scandinavian media company, Anja Ringgren Lovén is the world's most inspiring person for 2016.

The magazine listed the top 10 as follows (as selected by an international jury):
  1. Anja Ringgren Lovén
  2. Barack Obama
  3. Charlize Theron
  4. Pope Francis
  5. Leonardo DiCaprio
  6. Dalai Lama
  7. Mark Zuckerberg
  8. Malala Yousafzai
  9. Bob Dylan
  10. Elon Musk
Anja, a Danish worker based in Nigeria, is well known for saving the life of a young Nigerian boy (now called Hope) who was left to die by his family because they thought he was a witch. 

The picture below shows the first time Anja met Hope.


Here is Hope, two months later, showing the incredible transformation.


Anja is is the founder of African Children's Aid Education and Development Foundation, which seeks to help children who have been labelled witches and therefore neglected or even killed by the members of their community.

She is married to a Nigerian - David Emmanuel Umem.

Anja believes that education is the key in the fight against superstition and that her charity has a responsibility to work with the local people.

“We rescue and we give 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.

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

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

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