Helping Children Accused of Witchcraft

Photo Credit: Anja Ringgren Lovén

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Anja Ringgren Lovén went to Nigeria three years ago as a humanitarian volunteer, but nothing could have prepared her for what was in store for her. Lovén is the founder of the African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation and is dedicating to bettering the lives of vulnerable children. While being in Nigeria, she has seen firsthand some of the thousands of children who are accused of witchcraft and the terrible consequences that children endure on account of these strong superstitions. One of those children that Lovén is helping has been starved and shunned from the community. The child is now going by the name “Hope,” which he has given to people all over the world through his story of resilience. Read more @HuffPost: goo.gl/yHWsKm

The Plight of Nigerian Girls

Nigerian girls are almost always married at very young ages, often without their consent. ⅔ of girls in Nigeria are married before they are 18 and ⅓ is married before 15. These girls go onto have an average of 7 children, remain illiterate and stuck in poverty. There is a very high maternal mortality rate for these girls and they are divorced only if the husband initiates it. There are organizations like Adolescent Initiative, or Illim, that work to educate and protect these girls. Read more about this important topic and the amazing strides being done to help:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/girls-education-niger_564ddb93e4b031745ceff27b 

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