Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Rescuer Dane Voted Most Inspiring

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Rescuer Dane Voted Most Inspiring

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A WOMAN who rescued a two-year-old boy who had been cast out by his own community for being a "witch child" has been recognised in an international list of the most inspiring people of the year.

Anja Ringgren Loven, a Danish care worker who adopted the young Nigerian boy in February, beat luminaries such as Pope Francis and Barack Obama to top the list of 100 inspiring individuals compiled by German-language Ooom Magazine.

An image of Ms Loven giving water to two-year-old Hope was shared around the world and served to highlight the work she was doing to help orphan children in Nigeria.

Before he was rescued by Ms Loven and her husband David, Hope had been cast out by his own family on the basis of rural superstition.

Forced to live on the street, he contracted illnesses including worms.

Speaking about the experience, Ms Loven said yesterday: "He was the size of a little baby. My whole body froze.

"I became a mother myself 20 months ago and I was thinking of my own son when I saw the boy. …

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