The real-life ‘Mowgli’ who grew up in the jungles of Rwanda to escape brutal threats has changed his life and now wears a suit to go to school.
Zanziman Ellie received support from around the world last year, following a documentary about her life that aired on YouTube in February by Afrimax TV.
Zanziman was born in 1999 but was abandoned by the community almost immediately and faced constant bullying by his peers because of his physical appearance.
He was also denied an education on the grounds that he did not have the mental ability to concentrate in the classroom, and for this reason he was destined to spend his life in the woods.
In the documentary, Zanzieman’s mother told reporters that because of her appearance, Ellie was the target of bullying in the village throughout her life, with her peers often calling her by derogatory names.
Zanzieman suffers from microcephaly, a condition in which the baby’s head is much smaller than expected.
In the wake of the documentary, Afrimax TV set up a GoFundMe page, which received an influx of donations from audiences around the world, in the hope that a new life could be created for Zanziman and his mother.
Now news site Atinknews reports that donations have been used to send Zanziman to a school for children with special needs at the Ubumwe Community Center.
As Atinknews reports, he now regularly wears a well-fitting suit when he attends the class he is studying in order to be an asset to his community.
Zanziman’s mother said: “God is a miracle worker. He was being ridiculed and I often ran after him. He’s at school with his peers at the moment and I’m very happy.”
What is microcephaly?
Microcephaly is a rare condition that can cause babies to be born with a small head.
One in several thousand conditions can cause learning difficulties or physical disabilities as children grow up.
There is no test or treatment for microcephaly but it can sometimes be picked up during scans late in pregnancy.
It is diagnosed by measuring the baby’s head 24 hours after birth.
Microcephaly most often affects babies whose mothers are infected with the Zika virus.
She continued: “My son is living a good life, well-wishers have built a house for me… my misery is gone.”
Ellie is now a celebrity, with people constantly stopping her on the street to take pictures with the young man whose life has changed a lot since the documentary was released.
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