FIDO Makes Generous Donation To Disadvantaged Young People At JAV
Officials and members of the Friends Indeed International Organization (FIDO) headed by its President, Mrs. Hawa Mulbah last Saturday, July 22, 2023, paid a working visit at the Journey Against Violence (JAV) a local NGO catering to the wellbeing of disadvantaged young Liberians and made a generous donation of several bags of rice, and other supplies to the institution.
FIDO is a local and International NGO established nearly two decades with goal of providing humanitarian services to the most needy, and is composed of professional Liberians many of whom are residing in Liberia and abroad, whose quest is to see their native land graduate from the state of sanity; it has made several contributions to several deserving institutions.
JAV headed by Joshua Milton Blahyi, former General Butt Naked mow a Liberian evangelical preacher, writer and former warlord best known for his actions during the First Liberian Civil War was established to bring total relief to young Liberians who have been overtaken by dangerous drugs and other substances.
Making the surprise presentation to Evangelist Joshua Milton Blahyi, the President of FIDO, Mrs. Mulbah speaking on behalf of the group expressed gratitude to Evangelist Blahyi for his thoughtfulness to get off the streets of young Liberians who were been consumed by these dangerous substances, and urged other Liberians to follow the good example of the founder of JAV.
For his part, Evangelist Joshua Milton Blahyi who was intensely overwhelmed expressed and appreciation to the FIDO family for the kind gesture in coming to the aide of his organization by providing food and other supplies including cartons of bath and laundry soaps, dozens of tissues, tins of oils and others.
Joshua Milton Blahyi (born September 30, 1971), better known by his nom de guerre General Butt Naked, is a Liberian evangelical preacher, writer and former warlord best known for his actions during the First Liberian Civil War. During the conflict, Blahyi led a group of soldiers which fought on the side of rebel group United Liberation Movement of Liberia for Democracy (ULIMO) before converting to Christianity and becoming a pastor in 1996.
Born in the Liberian capital of Monrovia to a Krahn family, Blahyi was handed by his father to several tribal elders who initiated him as a high priest in 1982 at the age of eleven. After Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) officer Samuel K. Doe staged a coup d’état against President William R. Tolbert in 1980, the new regime employed Blahyi to perform black magic rituals at the presidential palace in Monrovia to help him win the 1985 general election.
In 1989, National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) rebel leader Charles Taylor launched a rebellion against Doe’s regime, sparking a civil war. Blahyi joined ULIMO, a rival militia group, and operated primarily around the Monrovia area. During the conflict, Blahyi and his men, a group of soldiers known as the Naked Base Commandos, fought without clothing and perpetrated numerous atrocities, including child sacrifice and cannibalism.
Blahyi abandoned his life as a warlord and turned to preaching after undergoing a religious conversion in 1996, attributing these actions to receiving a vision of Jesus. In 2008, Blahyi testified at the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, claiming that his victims numbered at least 20,000 individuals. The public testimony brought mixed reactions and led to international attention, leading Blahyi to be featured in several documentaries. Blahyi fought on the side of Samuel Doe (pictured) during the First Liberian Civil War.