General Butt Naked pleads for funding and Liberia’s forgiveness

vice9Everyone likes a good redemption story, and there are few more remarkable ones than the tale of a notorious Liberian warlord “General Butt Naked,” who repented of his atrocities and became a preacher.

On Sunday mornings in the capital, Monrovia, a few dozen people gather in a tin-roofed church to hear the former warlord preach.

The “General”, who earned his title from fighting street battles naked during Liberia’s 14-year civil war, killed and mutilated thousands of people sometimes by his own hand and at other times by his army of mostly child soldiers.

Blahyi, who now has hundreds of supporters on social media, wants funding for a charity he said is training former child soldiers and drug addicts in farming and construction.

“We need eight buildings for staff quarters. So that makes 56 units. Then we also need halls, where they will be doing their training, eight halls where they will be doing their different training. But the major thing is the fence that costs us 1 million $50,000 for the fence around the 24 acres,” he said.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.