On Children’s Day, Nigeria Based NGO Land of Hope shared the story of a child they rescued. The Children’s Day is celebrated in Nigeria every year on May 27. The people of Nigeria dedicate the day to appreciating children. Accordingly, the founder of Land of Hope believes that This is the perfect occasion to tell Emem’s story. She reasons that he is a reminder of why we still have a long way to go.
Anja, the founder of the NGO, wants his story to inspire all children accused of witchcraft. She wants them to know that light persists amid the darkness. Anja Ringgren Loven shared the story of Emem. Additionally, 10 years ago, she and Land of Hope Director of Child Development Nsidibe Orok rescued Emem. He was only eight years old, living on the street, and accused of being a witch.
10 years ago is a decade, but I remember the day we rescued Emem as if it was yesterday. When we interviewed him, it was difficult for me not to cry. The community beat and abused him. Only eight years old. Meanwhile, A few days after we rescued Emem, I bought him and the other children a dog.
I grew up with German Shepherd Dogs and knew dogs could emotionally support traumatized children. Emem was so happy and carried the dog around everywhere. We named her Cecilia.
Through the years, Emem has grown positively and has always been very helpful, social and outgoing. And I could not be any more proud to tell you that Emem just scored above the cutoff point for admission into the university. From the community torturing and abandoning him and accusing him of being a witch, Emem will now embark on an amazing adventure into university to study science
She also shared that 10 years ago, Emem cried and told me about being abused and tortured! Please help me and celebrate Emem. What better way to celebrate Children’s Day?