A mother is forced to chase her son through forests with an improvised lasso as he forages on grass and lives like an animal.
Ellie, 21, cannot talk and refuses to eat the food prepared for him by his adoring mother, who believes her child is a blessing from God.
Instead, he hunts bananas and other fruits in the forest near his Rwanda village, opting to feast on grass.
His mother described him as a special child and a gift from God when she and her husband lost five children at birth.
Born with learning difficulties, Ellie doesn’t go to school and is afraid of his fellow villagers.
The boy, who was filmed by Afrimax TV, has been called ‘monkey’ by cruel bullies because of his unusual way of life.
His mother said, “He doesn’t like to eat. He prefers to eat bananas. He doesn’t know anything, he can’t do anything.
“All he does is run. When he sees people, all he does is run from them. Wherever he runs, I have to run after him. We can cover 230 km in a whole week.”
“If I don’t follow him, he might not come back home.”
According to the film, the whole village is working to keep him away from the forest to keep him safe.
Neighbors are forced to keep an eye on Ellie and chase him to protect him from danger.
In the film his mother says: “He always grazes like an animal. He always runs away. “
Ellie is described as ‘as fast as Usain Bolt’ and spends his days running through the woods. Ellie cannot speak and can only communicate with waves.
His mother made an improvised lasso to catch him while he spends all his time running away from the village.
She chases him through the woods and throws the rope over him to pull him closer.
When he was born, Ellie had a head the size of a tennis ball, according to the movie Born Different.
His mother told filmmakers, “After we lost our five children, we asked God to give us at least one disabled child, as long as he doesn’t die as early as the last. When he delivered him, I knew it was a message from God. “
The mother said the neighbors considered her son not a boy, but a monkey, and teased him ruthlessly.
She said, “This hurts me so much when my child goes and comes back and is beaten. They yell at him and call him monkey. It makes me so sad to hear that people are bullying my son.
‘Not just children, but also to see adults shamelessly bully him. They make me lose my temper. They don’t see him as a human, only as an animal. “
A neighbor said: “Without inspection, he feeds on grass. Everyone knows he is different, we have never seen anyone else who can graze in the field and rely on pasture like other animals.
“He can survive in the woods.”