Real-life Mowgli’ shunned by community now wears a suit and goes to school
Zanziman Ellie had returned to his old life after living in the Rwandan jungle when the local community shunned him, but things are looking up after being enrolled in a special needs school
A ‘real-life Mowgli’ who spent years of his life in the jungle now wears a suit every day and attends a local school.
Zanziman Ellie, 22, fled his home in Rwanda after the local community turned their backs on him – and his story was featured on a special documentary.
He became well-known after YouTube show Afrimax TV aired it in February last year.
He was shunned because of his physical appearance – and left his old life behind, the Daily Star report.
Zanziman can’t speak and refuses to eat the food prepared for him by his adoring mother but he seems to be fitting in perfectly.
But after returning to his old home, things are on the up and donations have allowed him to go to a special needs school.
Following the documentary, Afrimax TV set up a GoFundMe page where donations flooded in from viewers around the world hoping to help Ellie and his mother build a better life.
The news site Atinkanews reports that the donations have been used to send Ellie to a school for children with special needs at the Ubumwe Community Center, Gisenyi, Rwanda.
As seen in the images, he regularly wears a well-fitting suit as he heads to class where he is studying to become an asset to his community, reports Atinkanews.
Ellie’s mother said: “God is a miracle worker. He was being ridiculed and I would often run after him. At the moment he is in school with his peers and I am so happy.”
She added: “My son is having a good life, well-wishers have built me a house… my sorrow has been taken away.”
Ellie is now somewhat of a celebrity with people constantly stopping him on the street to take a picture with the young man whose life has changed drastically since the documentary was released.
In the documentary, Ellie’s mother told reporters that due to his appearance, Ellie was the target of bullying in the village his entire life, with his peers often calling him “monkey” and “ape”.
Savannah News reported last year: “From consultation with health experts, we believe the boy is suffering from microcephaly which is further compounded by a lack of understanding and love from the villagers.
“He may not necessarily like to live in the jungle but he looks to be running away from an abusive mob that causes him to do things he dislikes.”