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A starving "witch child" left for dead by his own parents has started school.

The boy, later known as Hope, hit headlines early last year when a charity worker found him near-death on the streets.

Danish native Anja Ringgren Loven, who was living in Africa, discovered the then two-year-old in January 2016.

She was famously pictured holding up a bottle of water to the severely gaunt Nigerian boy.

The boy made a miraculous recovery, gaining lots of vital weight, and underwent numerous blood transfusions to get him back on track. Now, he has been pictured starting school.

In a Facebook post, Ms Loven wrote: "On the 30th of January 2016 I went on a rescue mission with David Emmanuel Umem, Nsidibe Orok and our Nigerian team.

"A rescue mission that went viral, and today it's exactly one year ago that the world came to know a young little boy called Hope.

"This week Hope will start school."

Loven founded African Children's Aid Education and Development Foundation, which she created three years ago to help children who had been neglected on the harsh streets.

"Thousands of children are being accused of being witches and we've both seen torture of children, dead children and frightened children," she wrote on Facebook.

"With all the money, we can, besides giving Hope the very best treatment, now also build a doctor clinic on the new land and save many more children out of torture."

Featured Image Credit: Anja Ringgren Loven

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