Meet ‘General Butt Naked’ — the Cannibalistic African Warlord Turned Christian Evangelist
- Posted on December 25, 2011 at 2:14am by Billy Hallowell
Following his ruthless antics during Liberia’s 14-year
Contrary to his former life as a black-magic performing high priest, Blahyi, 40, now travels across Liberia preaching,
Now, you’re probably wondering how he got his name — “General Butt Naked.” Blahyi was known to fight only with his AK-47 and a pair of leather shoes. He and his child army (yes, they were all children) are said to have murdered thousands during the nation’s brutal civil war.
According to Daily Mail, Blahyi’s rampage started when he committed a cannibalistic initiation sacrifice on a little girl when he was 11-years-old. This action was the first in what he claims amounts to a total of 20,000 murders (though his rivals dispute this number). Daily Mail continues:
His crimes included child sacrifice, cannibalism, the exploitation of child soldiers and trading blood diamonds for guns and cocaine, which he fed to boy soldiers as young as nine. [...]
Having spent 14 years holding nightly conversations with the devil, he had a blinding vision of Christ who told him to end the killings and convert.
The Redemption of General Butt Naked follows Joshua Milton Blahyi – also known as General Butt Naked – a brutal African warlord who has renounced his violent past and reinvented himself as a Christian evangelist. Today, Blahyi travels the nation of Liberia as a preacher, seeking out those he once victimized in search of an uncertain forgiveness. Filmmakers Eric Strauss and Daniele Anastasion track his often troubling path up-close, finding both the genuine and disconcerting in Blahyi’s efforts, raising questions about the limits of faith and forgiveness in the absence of justice.Watch this special PBS clip that provides footage from the film:
In a 2010 interview with the Daily Mail, Blahyi discussed forgiveness. “I believe the Bible strongly and it says God has forgiven me,” he explains. He even says he’d be willing to be tried and hanged for war crimes at The Hague, should his situation culminate with such an action.
While his spiritual life may be sound, his earthly existence is certainly in jeopardy. His wife and children live in Ghana, where they are in hiding, as his mission to find forgiveness among those he wronged forges on.
You can read more about his story fascinating story here.