News

Woman beats Pope, Obama on most inspiring list

Anja Ringgren Loven gives water to Hope, 2, after finding the emaciated boy wandering the streets in Nigeria Anja Ringgren Lovén/Facebook
Anja Ringgren Loven gives water to Hope, 2, after finding the emaciated boy wandering the streets in Nigeria Anja Ringgren Lovén/Facebook

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 Lovén, a Danish care worker who adopted the young Nigerian boy back in February, beat the likes of Pope Francis, Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama to top the list of 100 inspiring individuals compiled by German-language Ooom Magazine.

An image of Ms Lovén giving two-year-old Hope some water 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 Lovén 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 where he contracted a number of illnesses including worms.

Speaking today about the experience, she said: "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. For me it was clear at that moment that I would fight with all my strength for him to survive."

"Anja Ringgren Lovén is a beacon of hope and the most inspiring person of the year 2016," said Georg Kindel, OOOM's editor-in-chief, who led the jury that chose the list.

"When she saw the starving child, she acted like a human being and became an inspiration for millions. Her sustained efforts to help the abandoned children of Nigeria gives us hope and encourages us to follow suit."

The outgoing US President Barack Obama was named second on the list.

Ooom Magazine's cover for the December edition including its list of the 100 most inspiring people this year.
Ooom Magazine's cover for the December edition including its list of the 100 most inspiring people this year.

The jury said he stood for "peace, tolerance and freedom" and that, despite failures during his leadership including on Guantánamo, Syria and Iraq, "we will miss him anyway".

The actress and philanthropist Charlize Theron was named third in the list, thanks mainly to her "massive involvement" in combatting HIV/Aids in her native South Africa.

Pope Francis was named fourth, after the jury said his "humble" leadership had changed the Catholic Church for the better.

And the actor Leonardo DiCaprio was given the fifth slot, as a result of his work to combat climate change culminating in the film "Beyond the Flood".

Ooom Magazine is distributed in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and for free online.

For the full list of 100, visit their website. 

Topics:  aid barack obama charity worker editors picks



UPDATE: Cause for fallen power lines a mystery

Workers repair a power line at Swan Creek that fell across teh pacific HIghway briefly blocking both lanes.

Local residents affected by power outage

Police investigate brawl at local rugby league game

A 17-year-old was removed from the ground and police are speaking to witnesses.

Police investigate alleged on-field brawl at footy game

Backward glance leads to reunion 51 years in the making

ACROSS THE YEARS: The story of Paul Commerford helping save a woman from a cow   50 years ago helped the two reunite after it came up in Backward Glances.

Pair reunited after heroics 51 years ago

Local Partners

Concert death toll revised up to 22, tour suspended

TWENTY-TWO people have been killed and at least 59 people have been injured following a terror attack in Manchester

Casual Keanu says fame is ‘cool’

Keanu Reeves in a scene from the movie John Wick: Chapter 2.

NOBODY expected much of John Wick when it was released in 2014.

Hemingway unearth another dimension to Yamba stage

UNIQUE SOUND: Hemingway will be at Yamba's Pacific Hotel next Saturday night.

Brothers' "do or die” pact to make a career out of the music

Ariana Grande breaks her silence after fatal blast

According to reports quoting witnesses, a mass emergency evacuation was prompted after explosions were heard at the end of US singer Ariana Grande's concert in the arena.

The entertainment industry is in shock after attack on concert

Maclean High brings the colour to blonde production

Saskia Ramsey is fabulous in her role of Elle in a scene from rehearsals for Maclean High's production of Legally Blonde: The Musical.

Maclean High puts on high energy show

Pitch Perfect star suing Woman’s Day over ‘liar’ articles

Actor Rebel Wilson outside court on Friday.

REBEL Wilson's career destroyed by grubby campaign, court hears.

Love, lies and leading ladies in extraordinary free concert

DOUBLE ACT: Catherine Britt and Amber Lawrence are touring together.

Award-winning female country artists team up to tour latest music

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

REVEALED: Where it's cheaper to pay off a mortgage than rent

6/190 Ewing Rd, Woodridge, is listed for offers $215,000. Picture: realestate.com.au

Brisbane suburbs where it is cheaper to buy than rent

The hardest place in the state to find a rental property

RENTAL SHORTAGE: Richmond River, Ballina Bar Emigrant Creek Pacific Highway Teven Interchange. Photo Jay Cronan / The Northern Star

Not enough supply to meet insatiable demand

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!