Well-wishers have clubbed together to raise more than £1000 for a bullied boy who wants to live in the jungle.
The boy, who was featured in a short film made by Afrimax TV, was named locally as Ellie, 21.
He is non-verbal, communicating in waves, and is believed to have learning disabilities.
His heartbroken mum told filmmakers that cruel neighbours in their village in Rwanda, East Africa, have bullied Ellie his entire life.
He was born with an abnormally small head and unusual facial features after his parents lost five different babies.
They preyed to God for a child and see Ellie as a blessing – but is cruelly ridiculed and beaten for being different.
His mum says she and other villagers are constantly chasing after her son because he spends all day running through the jungle.
He also prefers to graze on grass and doesn’t interact well with other humans.
Ellie was said to be as fast as Usain Bolt and could cover 230 kilometres in a week.
His story has reached millions of people who were touched by his situation and praised his mum for the strength she shows while surviving in extreme poverty.
Fundraisers have now began a campaign to raise money for the family to help them through their severe hardship.
So far nearly 100 generous strangers have contributed $$1,902 – £1,424 – for Ellie’s mother.
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One fundraiser said: "This is a small gesture for us, who are fortunate enough to be healthy, to be able to work! Poor mother who gives her own life for her little fellow."
Fundraiser Private Ineza said: “Let's help this single mother to raise this child due to the fact that she's unemployed which makes the family to run out of food and forces this young boy to go to the forest and eat grass. Let's contribute and save this boy and his mother's life [Sic].”
The campaign has been organised on behalf of Afrimax TV, which originally documented the story.
In their film they reveal how Ellie has been dubbed ‘monkey’ by cruel bullies for his unusual way of life.
According to the footage, the whole village works to keep him away from the forest to keep him safe.
Neighbours are forced to keep tabs on Ellie and chase after him to protect him from danger.
In the film, his mum says: “He always graze like an animal. He’s always running away.”
His mother has fashioned a makeshift lasso to catch him as he spends all his time sprinting away from the village.
The mother said neighbours did not consider her son a boy, rather an ape, and bullied him relentlessly.
She said: “This hurts me so much, when my child goes and comes back and has been beaten. They yell at him and call him monkey. It makes me so sad hearing people bullying my son.
“Not only kids, but seeing grown ups bullying him shamelessly. They make me lose my temper. They don’t see him as a human being, only an animal.”
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