Liberian rebel leader confesses

One of Liberia’s most notorious rebel commanders, known as Gen. ButtNaked for charging into battle wearing only boots, has confessed tobeing responsible for 20,000 deaths.<br />


One of Liberia’s most notorious rebel commanders, known as Gen. Butt Naked for charging into battle wearing only boots, has confessed to being responsible for 20,000 deaths.

Joshua Milton Blahyi, who now lives in Ghana, returned to Liberia last week to face his homeland’s truth and reconciliation commission, this time wearing a suit and tie.

His nom de guerre is derived from his platoon’s practice of charging naked into battle, a technique meant to terrify the enemy.

Other former warlords, though, have refused to ask forgiveness, dismissing a commission many in Liberia see as toothless. Blahyi is urging other former killers to come forward as the country founded by freed American slaves in 1847 struggles to recover from past horrors.

"I could be electrocuted. I could be hanged. I could be given any other punishment," the 37-year-old Blahyi said in a weekend interview following his truth commission appearance last week.

"But I think forgiveness and reconciliation is the right way to go."

 
 
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