Taking a Queue From Ms. Loven’s Love for Children

Photo/Anja Ringgren Loven Facebook Page, Loven is a Danish humanitarian.

It’s a fact witchcraft is conducted in Africa and around the world and witches may live among us.

It’s also may be true that they are dangerous and have caused so much grief to many families globally regardless of one’s race.

However, what is more pathetic is the nature at which most people have turned their eyes away from the reality of life. They stop themselves from extending a helping hand to neighbors and enemies who are suffering when it is a social and moral responsibility that people must exhibit without an element of hatred.

The truth is how many people would render this selfless service just like what the Danish Ms. Loven, the founder of African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation (ACAEDF) did for this Nigerian child, who was starved and accused of being a witch, thereby neglected by his family and those within the community?

It may be considered difficult and a taboo to help individuals involved in witchcraft going by the African tradition, however, would it be right to watch some of them, most especially the kids die in vain?

Anja Ringgren Loven, helping a two-year-old Nigerian child found in the street abandoned after being accused of witchcraft. The orphan was taken to the orphanage established by Loven in Nigeria and renamed Hope. Photo/Anja Ringgren Loven Facebook Page, Loven is a Danish humanitarian.

Besides most Africans are very superstitious; any misfortunes that happen are often ascribed to an unseen force in the spiritual realm.

Facing life realistically, anyone could have as well been in this same position.

Witchcraft is a major issue in Nigeria and many African nations. Those accused of the craft are often punished, and banished from their homes. Primarily, women and children are the victims of this issue.

Hope pictured at the ACAEDF nursed back to health.

The fear of being condemned by community leaders if such help is rendered have made many people folding their arms in total rejection.

In Nigeria, some African Pentecostal pastors have incorporated African witchcraft beliefs into their brand of Christianity resulting in a campaign of violence against young Nigerians.

Children and babies branded as evil are being abused, abandoned and even murdered. The preachers make money out of fear providing costly exorcism services to their parents and their communities.

In Akwa Ibom and Cross River about 15,000 children were branded as witches and most of them end up abandoned and abused on the streets. A documentary aired on Channel 4 and BBC, Saving Africa’s Witch Children, shows the work of Gary Foxcroft and Stepping Stones Nigeria in addressing these abuses.

It is high time the government looks into these fast rising criminal acts being committed before it gets out of hand. The government can use their policies to checkmate this act for future occurrences because no one knows who could be next.

Let’s learn to be our brother’s keeper. Psalm 82:1-8: God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: how long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

No human being on earth is perfect but it would be ideal if people can show love with no bias or dastardly sentiments.