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Who is Zanziman Ellie and what is microcephaly?


ZANZIMAN Ellie is a Rwandan man who hikes several miles a day to escape bullies who torment him for his microcephaly condition.

According to the Center for Disease Control, microcephaly is a condition that affects the size of an individual’s head at birth.

Zanziman Ellie, 21, lives in a jungle in Rwanda, East Africa

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Zanziman Ellie, 21, lives in a jungle in Rwanda, East AfricaCredit: Newsflash

Who is Zanziman Ellie?

Zanziman Ellie is a man with microcephaly who has been dubbed the “real-life Mowgli.”

The doting mom of Zanziman, 21, considered him a “miracle” after losing her first five children in Rwanda.

Zanziman is believed to have learning disabilities

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Zanziman is believed to have learning disabilitiesCredit: Newsflash

In a poignant video, it’s described how she and her husband were so upset about their children dying, that they knelt and pleaded with “God for a son,” reports Zolex.

The couple even asked for an “abnormal child as long as he/she wouldn’t die”.

Nine months later, Ellie was born.

Where does he live?

Zanziman lives with his family in Rwanda.

He is harassed about his facial features on a daily basis by insensitive villagers, reports Afrimax Rwanda.

Zanziman is teased by fellow villagers

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Zanziman is teased by fellow villagersCredit: Newsflash

He hikes 20 miles daily to escape cruel villagers bullying him for being “different.”

While visiting Zanziman’s mother, the station was told that he’s always being mocked and criticized.

Zanziman cannot speak or properly communicate with other humans

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Zanziman cannot speak or properly communicate with other humansCredit: Newsflash

As a result, he has learned to be quick on his feet, or even to flee high into a tree, to escape villagers’ constant bullying.

Incredibly, Zanziman – who has never been to school – spends his days hiking through the jungle for hours on end.

He sometimes covers up to 143miles in a week and eats grass while in the jungle.

What is microcephaly?

Zanziman has microcephaly, a condition where a baby’s head is born much smaller than expected.

The 'real-life Mowgli' traipses through the jungle for miles on end to escape his bullies

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The ‘real-life Mowgli’ traipses through the jungle for miles on end to escape his bulliesCredit: Newsflash

The one in several thousand condition can lead to babies having learning difficulties or physical disabilities as they grow up.

There is no test or treatment for microcephaly but it can sometimes be picked up during scans late on during pregnancy.

A GoFundMe has been started for Zanziman's mother

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A GoFundMe has been started for Zanziman’s motherCredit: Newsflash

It is diagnosed by measuring the baby’s head 24 hours after birth.

Microcephaly often affects babies whose mothers contract the Zika virus.

The condition affects a baby’s brain development and intellectual ability.

His mum told Afrimax that her son can’t speak, but he understands her instructions.

Ellie’s mother has lovingly cared for her son all these years, but her circumstances have worsened and she now finds it hard to feed the family.

GoFundMe fundraiser has been started by Afrimax to help her put food on their table.





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