The Cannibal Generals of Liberia

The Cannibal Generals of Liberia


SHANE SMITH: In this episode, we
go to Liberia and hang out
with cannibal warlords.

MALE SPEAKER 1: I lift
it up on the temple.
I’m gonna eat it.
[GUNFIRE]
MALE SPEAKER 1: It’s a Liberian
general’s heart.
SHANE SMITH: I was afraid
probably the whole time I was
in Liberia.
There’s always this underlying
hum of violence.
And the poverty there is so
crippling that you’re kind of
like, why wouldn’t they
steal our camera?
Why wouldn’t they steal
our clothes?
I mean, people are starving.
And all they know is war.

So is that why your nickname
was General Butt Naked?

SHANE SMITH: A lot of people
would drink or do
drugs before fighting?

SHANE SMITH: So you
killed a child?
JOSHUA BLAHYI: Yes.
SHANE SMITH: And then
drank the blood.
JOSHUA BLAHYI: Yeah.

[GUNFIRE]
[GUNFIRE]
MALE SPEAKER 2: So what
kind of war is this?
Guerrilla?
MALE SPEAKER 3: It’s
World War III.
MALE SPEAKERS: It’s
World War III.
[GUNFIRE]

[HORN HONKING]
SHANE SMITH: We here at Vice
have been fascinated by
Liberia for a long time.
It’s America’s first
and only foray into
quasi-colonialism in Africa.
It started as a back-to-Africa
movement for freed slaves, and
in fact, the Constitution was
written in Washington, and
Monrovia, the capital city of
Liberia, is actually named
after President Monroe.
And it became a state
in the 1840s.
So the freed slaves go back to
Africa and promptly enslave
the native Africans based on the
plantation method they had
learned in the US, which lasts
for about 140 years, until
Samuel K. Doe, the first native,
African-born Liberian,
was elected.
But this doesn’t
last very long.
Why?

Because an American-educated,
and some would say
American-backed, rebel leader
named Charles Taylor and his
buddy Prince Johnson came from
America and overthrew him.

NEWS REPORTER: Despite reports
that the government wants
talks with the rebels,
the violence goes on.

[GUNFIRE]
NEWS REPORTER: Rebel forces
stormed into the center of the
capital today.
They’re now less than a mile
from the executive mansion,
where President Samuel Doe has
barricaded himself with about
500 soldiers.
SHANE SMITH: In fact, Prince
Johnson, who got to Doe before
his buddy Charles, ended up
torturing him, cutting him up,
and is rumored to have
eaten him while
filming the whole thing.

SHANE SMITH: So Charles Taylor
finally gets elected with a
campaign slogan that reads, He
killed my ma, he killed my pa,
but I’ll still vote for him.
And it works.
He gets elected.
But he’s so corrupt that soon
after, there’s a bunch of
warlords fighting for control
over Liberia.
The country falls into civil
war, and things go from bad to
severely fucked up.
[GUNFIRE]

[GUNFIRE]
SHANE SMITH: But this is like
a civil war on steroids.
It’s a post-apocalyptic
Armageddon, with child
soldiers smoking heroin,
cross-dressing cannibals,
systematic rape–
it’s total hell on Earth.
[GUNFIRE]
MALE SPEAKER 4: We
love the music.
This is our music.
NEWS REPORTER: They call
it the sound of death.
MALE SPEAKER 4: Yeah, but it’s
the sound of music to us.
SHANE SMITH: Liberia’s been in
the news a lot lately because
Charles Taylor is on trial at
The Hague for war crimes.
But we wanted to know
what happened to
all the other warlords.
So we contacted a Canadian
journalist who lives in
Liberia named Myles Estey, who’s
kind of a Kurtz-like
character–
tall, skinny, skeleton guy who’s
had malaria more times
than he’s had hot dinners–
and he said he could get
us access to all these
ex-warlords.
So we said, great.
We got on a plane and
we flew to Liberia.

[MUSIC – THE ALMIGHTY DEFENDERS,
“ALL MY LOVING”]

[HORN HONKS]
[HORN HONKS]
SHANE SMITH: When you first
get to Monrovia, the first
thing you think is,
it’s really hot.
It’s really hot.
It’s really poor.
And it’s totally chaotic.
In fact, when we went to pick
up Myles, he had just gotten
out of the hospital
with malaria.
He gets in the car and he says,
are you ready to go?
We’re going to Baboon Town in
the Red Light district to meet
our first general, General
Bin Laden.

So as we drove to Baboon Town,
we asked Myles, what’s up with
the name General Bin Laden?
And he said, well, a lot of the
generals took different
names because they didn’t want
to be identified after the
various wars.
And these pseudonyms were meant
to strike terror into
the hearts of their enemies.
So there’s a General Rambo,
because he’s scary.
There was a General Mosquito,
because mosquitoes are
terrifying because they
bring malaria.
The general that fought General
Mosquito was named
General Mosquito Spray.
[HORN HONKS]
SHANE SMITH: And of course,
there’s General Bin Laden.
In fact, there’s two
General Bin Ladens.
Our General Bin Laden, we found
out en route, had just
been put in jail.
Now he didn’t know why, but
he suspected because the
authorities found out that
we were coming with
cameras to shoot him.
MYLES ESTEY: And they say
they’re not going to let him
out, but we can interview him
in the jail and we can
interview the commanders.
SHANE SMITH: Let’s do that.
Let’s go there.
MYLES ESTEY: Yeah.
SHANE SMITH: So the minute we
arrive in Baboon Town, our car
was surrounded by a bunch
of sketchy dudes.
So when Myles came back and said
we could interview Bin
Laden in the police station,
I was like, yeah.
Let’s get out of here and get
in there really quick.
[MONKEY SCREECHES]

SHANE SMITH: So we get
into the police
station, and it’s chaos.
Some guards are saying,
you can go see him.
Other guards are saying,
you can’t go see him.
And we just have to sit
there and wait.
I like being in the
police station.
It’s nice.
[MONKEY SCREECHES]
SHANE SMITH: Monkey.

Little monkey.
He’s got herpes, I think,
or something.
[MONKEY CHATTERING]
SHANE SMITH: Hi.
What’s wrong with the monkey?
Why is the monkey here?
SHANE SMITH: Why is
the monkey here?
We’re in a police station in
the middle of the red light
district to meet General Bin
Laden, and I’m wondering why
the monkey’s here.
[MONKEY CHATTERS]

SHANE SMITH: And eventually
after sitting there for a
while, we realized, oh, we’ve
got to grease some palms.
So we gave them some
money, and bang.
We were back into the jail and
we could talk to Bin Laden.
Hey, Bin Laden.
GENERAL BIN LADEN: Yeah.
SHANE SMITH: How are you?
MYLES ESTEY: This is
my friend Shane.
SHANE SMITH: Shane.
GENERAL BIN LADEN:
[INAUDIBLE].
SHANE SMITH: Nice to meet you.
We’re going to try to get you
out of here now, and then we
can go back.

SHANE SMITH: All right.
We’re going to do
it right now.

MYLES ESTEY: Yeah.
I know what he did.
Just–we’re talking about
to get him out.
What do we have to do?
MYLES ESTEY: To who?

SHANE SMITH: OK, we’ll stop.
We’ll stop.
It’s off.
MYLES ESTEY: The video’s off.
He’s carrying it, he’s just
holding it right now.

SHANE SMITH: Look, we’re
good people.
We’re good–
nobody.
Nobody’s recording.

SHANE SMITH: Sure.
I can give him cash.
Can we– can we pay him
and pay you a fine
and then take him?
POLICEMAN: Fine.
SHANE SMITH: OK, great.
POLICEMAN: That’s good.
SHANE SMITH: OK.
OK, let’s go, let’s go, let’s
go, let’s go, let’s go.
OK, let’s go, let’s go.

MALE SPEAKER 5: Hey, hey, you.
SHANE SMITH: We went in there.
And we’re being followed by
the police right now.
SHANE SMITH: Yeah, we might
have to change tapes or do
something, because–
what we do is we shoot cards,
and if they come, we can give
them the tape.
There’s nothing on the tape.
SHANE SMITH: Yeah,
we do right now.

SHANE SMITH: Our trip is getting
progressively heavier.
SHANE SMITH: Yeah,
that’d be good.
OK.
I’m kind of a little bit worried
that the police are
going to come get
us right now.
I gave them a fake name
and fake number.

SHANE SMITH: OK.
Nice to meet you.
SHANE SMITH: Nice to meet you.

SHANE SMITH: Thank you.
Thank you.
SHANE SMITH: So after we got Bin
Laden out of jail, he was
very excited to get us
up to his rooftop
and tell us his story.
And according to him, the
ex-generals, who are now the
community leaders, are the only
ones doing anything to
help the people.
So maybe you could explain a
little bit about– so first of
all, you became known as Bin
Laden during the war.
GENERAL BIN LADEN:
During the war.
SHANE SMITH: And then after the
war, now you’re sort of
trying to help people by
carpentry and by karate.
GENERAL BIN LADEN: And karate.

SHANE SMITH: Do get
any money here?

SHANE SMITH: Yeah, but the UN,
or the government doesn’t give
you any money?

SHANE SMITH: And is this–
is this area–
this is Red Light, here?
GENERAL BIN LADEN: It’s
Red Light [INAUDIBLE].
This is Red Light.
SHANE SMITH: And is it–
is there a lot of crime
in Red Light.
GENERAL BIN LADEN: Yeah.
It’s [INAUDIBLE].
This is Red Light.
SHANE SMITH: Red Light.

SHANE SMITH: So Myles comes
over, stops the interview, and
says, we have to get the
fuck out of here now.
And Bin Laden looks down,
and he goes, yeah, yeah.
Those aren’t my guys.
You guys should really go.

So Bin Laden gave us an escort
and a couple of his guys got
us through the crowd to the car,
and we got the fuck out.
CAMERAMAN: Let’s go.
Let’s go.
Let’s go.
Let’s go.
Let’s go.
Let’s go.
Holy fucking shit.
That was out of hand.
We gotta get out of here.

There was some heavy-duty
vibes there.

SHANE SMITH: So after meeting
and being freaked out by
General Bin Laden, we wanted
to see what the UN and
government were doing
to rebuild Liberia.
So we met a local journalist
named Nagbe and we asked him,
and he said, you want
to see what the
government and UN are doing?
I’ll take you to West Point.

So West Point is the worst slum
in Liberia, which makes
it one of the worst slums in
West Africa, which makes it
one of the worst slums
in the world.
And when you first get there,
the first thing you want to do
is get the hell out.
It’s open sewers everywhere,
shit, piss, garbage,
everything mixed in.
And the stench is
overpowering.

CAMERAMAN: Oh, dude.
It really stinks here.

SHANE SMITH: But I mean, one of
the first basic rules is,
don’t shit where you eat.
IMMANUEL NAGBE: That’s
it, but–
SHANE SMITH: That’s the
number one rule.

SHANE SMITH: But the government
has to do something
about that–

SHANE SMITH: So even in one of
the worst slums of Western
Africa, you see the cultural
impact that America has there.
All the kids are wearing Biggie
or Tupac t-shirts.
And in fact, one kid
came up to us and
said, hey, I’m a rapper.
Can I rap for you?
And we said yes.
And it wasn’t about bling, and
it wasn’t about Cristal.

[DOG BARKING]
SHANE SMITH: And is there a
lot of malaria in here?
SHANE SMITH: Needless to say,
in West Point, health
conditions are foul.
Diseases everywhere.
Malaria, infections, and
AIDS are rampant.

SHANE SMITH: Yeah?
SHANE SMITH: Cover-up
for heroin.
SHANE SMITH: Wow.
IMMANUEL NAGBE: It’s
a big business.
SHANE SMITH: We heard stories
that during the war, the
rebels would go out in boats
with diamonds and trade the
diamonds for weapons and
cocaine, and it was a lot of
Colombians and Mexicans.
SHANE SMITH: We find it
interesting, because cocaine
and heroin are very
expensive drugs.
So we were surprised to
find heroin here.
Usually, in poorer countries,
there’s speed or meth or
things you can make.
SHANE SMITH: Why is that?

[CHILD CRYING]

SHANE SMITH: Liberian dollars?
IMMANUEL NAGBE: Liberian
dollars.
SHANE SMITH: So how
much is that?
SHANE SMITH: So because of the
poverty, a lot of women have
to become prostitutes.
IMMANUEL NAGBE: Yes.

SHANE SMITH: Sex worker.
IMMANUEL NAGBE: We
can go this way.

IMMANUEL NAGBE: Condoms, here.

SHANE SMITH: So on our first day
in Liberia, we see child
junkies, shit and piss
everywhere, malaria, AIDS,
rape, and now we started hearing
about cannibalism.
The scaredest I was, was we
actually shot in West Point,
which is the worst slum
in West Africa.
And it’s kind of these rabbit
warren streets.
And we went to shoot in a
brothel with these junkies,
and the junkies started
asking for money.
Like, where’s my money?
Where’s my money?
And people started hearing
“money” and just flooded into
the brothel.
Like money, money, money.
So we took off.
The problem is, you take off,
you can’t go anywhere, because
there’s these little streets
that, you know, there’s no
rhyme or reason to them.
So we’re all running
around in the dark.
We finally get back to the
car, against all odds.
We get in the car, and our
driver’s so freaked out about
the mob following us that he
peels off and nearly kills
some people.
Which is terrifying, because
if you kill people down in
West Point, they’ll just
take the car, rip
you limb from limb.
And so against all odds,
we get out of there.
And I’m like shaking and
nervous, whatever.
And as we go, we realize, oh,
now it’s time to meet General
Butt Naked.

100 thoughts to “The Cannibal Generals of Liberia”

  1. Why not go to the caucus mountains or Italy or Transylvania I hear Vlad the impailer eats people the relatives of Vikings eat people why only focus on a guy who has what looks like Chinese store chicken claiming it's a heart FOH!

  2. Whew, this problem will probably solve itself naturally faster than any humanitarian effort. I would say, why did you get him out of jail? But in that situation everywhere is jail. That place was hell. Death would be kinder.

  3. All cultures and races are equal… . this sniveling SJW cuck that from VICE is a cokehead and a poser.

  4. That boy was holding up a piece of seasoned chicken. They're smoking heroin…I wonder who supplied that. "Divided they fall". So, "shit and piss everywhere" right? well, who provided them with (the help to build) proper sewage? I visited Africa; not all places have garbage, sewage/pluming, or electrical, systems…and the question is, Why NOT? Why not all over this world?

  5. Can’t even imagine living like that crowded hot dirty no doubt not one person smells good there 🤢🤢🤢bet it’s hard to breath

  6. is it some fuc\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ curse???? like from d deuteronomion, curse? or is it pure ignorance and disgrace?

  7. This is so sad
    I mean look how young the generals r not to mention soldiers
    N then we complain abt our government
    Lord bless Liberia

  8. Video about cannibalism, drug addiction, systematic rape and disgustingly poor conditions of life in Liberia: exists

    Millenials: General Butt-Naked lmao so funny hahahaha lol

    Shut the fuck up.

  9. What's crazy is they come from there. Get a college education in America. And go back and overthrow the government.

  10. Shit, knowing that Liberia is founded by slaves who came back from America, I thought until today that Liberia is one of the most civilized countries in Africa. Now I am speechless hah

  11. This is what happens when you tell black people to just go back to Africa. You end up with this abomination cause from their western bias.

  12. If i have the power i wont hesitate a bit to throw nuclear bomb in this hell
    They dont deserve to live
    Hats off to the reporters !!

  13. Liberia is the india of africa … absolutely disgusting tbh … how are they shitting o the streets ????? where in Africa do people shit on the streets …. Liberia is a shame !!!

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