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Anja Ringgren Loven Is Over The Moon As One Of Her Rescued Children Graduates From High School



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The founder of African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation, Anja Ringgren Loven is one of the happiest people in the world as one of her children graduates from secondary school.

Anja is known for rescuing tortured and abandoned children in Akwa-Ibom, where she has a safe haven built for them. In a Facebook post, Anja shared the story of Asuquo, one of the children she rescued and how far he has come to be one of the best graduands in his set.

Congratulations to both Loven and Asuquo.

She wrote,

“Yesterday was a very emotional day. I shed a lot of tears. So did our Director of Child Development, Orok, but it was happy tears. I never forget that day, almost five years ago today. David advised me not to see him but I insisted.

When I saw Asuquo I literally broke down to my knees. There was not a single space on his body that the machete had not touched. He had even been cut in his head by an axe. For him to survive this barbaric attack was a miracle. The pain he had to endure for a long period was inhuman.

After the attack Asuquo lost his faith in humanity. He was weak and had no desire to stay alive. Who can blame him. It was a long struggle for him to gain strength. But he was guided by David and Orok. Loved by all staff and the children. Slowly he started to believe in life again. He started school and he studied very hard to keep up with his fellow students.

I can say without any doubt that I have never met a young man who has read as many books as Asuquo. He loves to read and reading became his habit. Not long after the attack he become number one in his class and since then he never gave the number one position to anyone. He even became the top student of the entire school.

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Two years ago Asuquo started high school and yesterday he graduated. His result was one of the best in his high school !!!! He got 6 B’s in Math, English, Further Mathematics, Physics, Data Processing and Civic Education in a school very known for it’s excellence and integrity.

Thank you so much to the Holy Family College, Abak for your tutorship. We are very grateful for our great partnership with you. So here we are, five years since the attack and Asuquo has graduated from high school being among the best students. I’m so proud I want to just scream out loud !!! ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

Asuquo is a hero to the children. A role model to all of us. All the children dream to follow his footsteps. He is our pride and next year he will start university. Yesterday Orok brought some of the senior kids to the graduation party at Asuquo’s High School.

Congratulations, my son. I’m so proud of you. I cannot wait to celebrate you very soon. I love you forever and always. You make my life beautiful” ❤

Yesterday was a very emotional day. I cried a lot of tears. So did our Director of Child Development, Orok, but it was…

Posted by Anja Ringgren Lovén on Friday, July 20, 2018

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