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The Cannibal Warlords of Liberia (Full Length Documentary)

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Like VICE News? Subscribe to our news channel: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out more episodes from The VICE Guide to Travel here: http://bit.ly/1id8igT VICE travels to West Africa to rummage through the messy remains of a country ravaged by 14 years of civil war. Despite the United Nation's eventual intervention, most of Liberia's young people continue to live in abject poverty, surrounded by filth, drug addiction, and teenage prostitution. The former child soldiers who were forced into war have been left to fend for themselves, the murderous warlords who once led them in cannibalistic rampages have taken up as so-called community leaders, and new militias are lying in wait for the opportunity to reclaim their country from a government they rightly mistrust. Hosted by Shane Smith | Originally released in 2009 at http://vice.com Produced by Andy Capper Follow Andy at http://twitter.com/andycapper More from Shane Smith: http://www.vice.com/author/shane-smith Follow Shane on Twitter: https://twitter.com/shanesmith30 Check out the VICE Guide to Karachi here: http://bit.ly/Karachi-1 Subscribe for videos that are actually good: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE Check out our full video catalog: http://www.youtube.com/user/vice/videos Videos, daily editorial and more: http://vice.com Like VICE on Facebook: http://fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vice Read our tumblr: http://vicemag.tumblr.com
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Laur Vasile (3 hours ago)
Peter Ilunga Tshenda (6 hours ago)
He is the God of a second chance. I like the ending. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Where there is life, there is hope.
Andrew A (10 hours ago)
This was by far, one of the absolute best documentaries I have ever seen and I spend a tremendous amount of my free time watching them every day. How Shane and his crew had the courage to venture into such a dangerous world as complete outsiders, yet maintain a sense dignity and find opportunites for comedic overture...fantastic! I am just about 40 yrs old and I remember learning about general buck naked back in the 90s. Reading and watching stories of him and his child soilder army. To see him now, it kind of brings a chill to my spine. Hopefully, he has TRULY repented for the evil deeds of his past, rather than simply a new form of religion with which to manipulate those around him, ESPECIALLY the children to whom he preaches. What an amazing piece of work you guys have produced here. Thank you so much & you DEF just aquired a new subscriber. 👍🏻
Allison Jerkolani (11 hours ago)
47:20 is probably my favorite part of this whole video it's the perfect comedic relief just a white man of beat clapping
Templar Assassin (12 hours ago)
I don’t think even god can help this country it’s too messed up
2 ScoOP (14 hours ago)
sound of music fo us
Eyre Borne (20 hours ago)
Humanity needs a restart.
h20 Cr (22 hours ago)
Awak3n-_-VoLtz (23 hours ago)
Subash Chander (1 day ago)
My country has public toilets still ppl shit in beach 🙄
Kevin Florenz Daus (1 day ago)
holly shit... this is intense ... Thank God ya'll got out alive.
aQmohra (1 day ago)
Give guns to low IQ savages I wonder what can happen
Daniel Uzoma (1 day ago)
What's the name of the ending song
myshcoolaccount (1 day ago)
Imagine killing 20,000 people and then saying “only god can judge me” and everyone agrees and don’t punish you.
Nicx Smith (1 day ago)
Mellis Asamoah (1 day ago)
May God bless him and forgive him, if he has truly repented
Adam (1 day ago)
There certainly isn't a God.
Corey Louie (1 day ago)
Mister X Alliance (1 day ago)
Africans need white leadership. Africa is no long a black land anymore, therefore only whites (and asians) can make africa technologically advanced amd livable
Evangelos (1 day ago)
General Mosquito Spray HAHAHA Thats hilarious! I wonder how long it took to come up with that. How do you kill Mosquitos?... Uhh Any general mosquito spray will do. haha k sorry back to the vid.
XxXxXxXx (1 day ago)
“The generals pick names to strike fear into the enemies hearts” As general butt naked runs over the hill ak-47 in hand
0b00h00 (1 day ago)
Sociopaths and the like who want power and control react to the environment around them and adapt, they learn how they can assume control and power under their current circumstances. Thats all you are seeing. If the country was thrown back into a bloody brutal civil war, I'm willing to bet Mister Butt Naked would be killing babies and drinking blood again. But for now I'm thinking he is enjoying the praise and admiration and protection he is getting for being "converted" and the power of influence he has over others at that missionary. He is gaining trust from the others at that missionary and they can easily be manipulated, which can be used to his advantage. I mean really? They happen to all be singing and dancing as the crew walks up? And the way he talks about his past crimes so casually? The way he speaks to the crowd at the church? He is a phony and a sociopath and will always be dangerous. I would be so happy if I was wrong.
TheRealAstonar (1 day ago)
I wish someone could help this country but I imagine they'd probably spend it all on weapons or drugs or something bad
Aron Reviour (1 day ago)
37:49 your logic's a lil off there general
Kevin Johnson (1 day ago)
Bin laden seemed pretty cool lol.....
Eugene Sant (2 days ago)
Ya.....uh......black people got....no reason to live.
Gaurav Yadav (2 days ago)
General butt naked sounds like big shaq
Freedkujo (2 days ago)
One of the best documentaries/videos on this platform
sylvia githumbi (2 days ago)
I need the background song from 31:46 that was a good beat
xx x (2 days ago)
How TF I go from watching fortnite to this shit?
Man of Harlech (2 days ago)
and the lefties and (((elite))) want em here !!
Man of Harlech (2 days ago)
pretty damn obvious you will never civilize blacks on average
innocent baraka (2 days ago)
welcome to the Farcry Experience
John Smith (2 days ago)
And racist people think these people can not integrate into Europe and Britain just because they do things a little different.
Joo2oob (2 days ago)
51:27 You forgot to blur the one in the back.
Yen Ng (2 days ago)
I feel blessed for simply being where I am right now
John Smith (2 days ago)
And racist people think these people can not integrate into Europe and Britain just because they do things a little different.
neirradflow (3 days ago)
Who knew Joey Bada$$ was a warlord?
the show (3 days ago)
all they have to do is hit an oil deposite and the USA will invade. problem solved
Alex Shrestha (3 days ago)
Such a sickening sight
John Smith (2 days ago)
And racist people think these people can not integrate into Europe and Britain just because they do things a little different.
Daniel Bakens (3 days ago)
I wonder how many battles they had... And howmany poor kids got eaten for "giving power" horrible and unbeleafable savage... Jeez this is one of the worst excamples of the devil rulimg the world....
Chris Johnson (3 days ago)
I'd do as many drugs as I could get if I lived like that
AMYAS Seek Truth (3 days ago)
This is going to happen in South Africa soon. Just wait and see. I'll experience this 1st hand. There's war on white people - just watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtGydWqmdEc
John Smith (2 days ago)
And racist people think these people can not integrate into Europe and Britain just because they do things a little different.
Mrfairchap (3 days ago)
Do you want to know the truth of the matter? ALL the African countries were given their independence way too early, before the indigenous people had the training, qualifications and infrastructure needed to support a peaceful country. Far-sighted people warned about this at the time, but they were labelled as colonialists. The result? War, tribalism, famine, massacre and death - and millions of dead children.
Twee (3 days ago)
Wait I’m confused did they break that guy Bin Ladin out of jail 😂😶
Adriel Sánchez (2 days ago)
Ralph Celestino (2 days ago)
Bailed out like a mf
EpicCommander (3 days ago)
Really nobody can think about an innocent child's hard being cut out and used as a prep food for war, that's why the most comments are about stuff we think we know.
KRUX (3 days ago)
Ex combatants with no money. Ummmm sounds so familiar
matt vdw (3 days ago)
Smart guy. He has the power of speech. More educated than most of the others of Liberia.he's using it to get free of charges and trick their mind. Once they can get power back they will lol. Smart move.
chris oleksyn (3 days ago)
someone should rip their hearts out and eat them, fucking savages
Brandon Jablasone (3 days ago)
that what drug do, they have mental issue, come with war. Those are kids who watch their parents got killed. Understand situation before you say something.
Moamar Shlandi (3 days ago)
When I get to America I will not live in Brentwood
Erik Mayle (3 days ago)
One of the most powerful documentaries I have ever seen. What an amazing message of hope in the midst of such abject despair.
Dzhariff Eussoff (4 days ago)
TheSocialHandGrenade (4 days ago)
14:30 spits hot 🔥🔥🔥
Liangelo ball (4 days ago)
32:01 danm nikes
tiago almeida (4 days ago)
Alexander Castillo (4 days ago)
Butt naked is brazy..
Tip Tard (4 days ago)
It’s so weird how I can empathize someone who used to cut open live children, eat them, and drink their blood...
Jordan Bush (4 days ago)
Can I shoot in your country know you may not why oh I need to get is my camera why do you want to videotape you shooting at our country oh no I was just going to videotape in your country not shoot at it
Darryl knight vibe (5 days ago)
11:48 yeah yeah those are not my guys we should get out of here 😂😂😂
-Rafael Schmitz (5 days ago)
This Is Far Cry 2
Darryl knight vibe (5 days ago)
11:48 yeah yeah those are not my guys 😂😂😂😂
Darryl knight vibe (5 days ago)
He told them to get dough into shape
Solomon Carter (5 days ago)
fucking hell you couldn't pay me enough money to spend a day in this place
John Smith (2 days ago)
And racist people think these people can not integrate into Europe and Britain just because they do things a little different.
Amann Negussie (5 days ago)
when you see your girl walking around lookin like a snack 3:41
AcN DoX (5 days ago)
"Yes because I fuck nekkid" 37:32 lmao
Jake De Crem (5 days ago)
Wow this is fucking funny and I'm scared shirtless for em lmfao
sam bentenfan (5 days ago)
25:25 if u wanna know got to xvideos and search for sick love videos
L R (5 days ago)
its fucked up but the only way africa can get over something so horrific is through forgiveness or another war
JurassicJunkie (5 days ago)
You can see the reporter's soul dying slowly
Rick Mendez (5 days ago)
Why in the fuck would you want to live in Liberia, Miles?!!
The King Slayer (6 days ago)
General Fucking Mosquito Spray. Welcome to the 21st century Ladies and Gentlemen!
Diva Hair (6 days ago)
The forgiveness Jesus provides through his sacrifice on the cross
Diva Hair (6 days ago)
Only God can help them I’m so glad he found Jesus for those who don’t believe let this be a testimony God is real
Jared Morse (5 days ago)
just. no.
Mr Mukuwane (6 days ago)
Look at all the experts on Africa and black people.
KingCetshwayo (6 days ago)
These comments are appalling. Do you feel special now? Are you here to pat yourself on the back? Do you also go to videos of shitholes in India, China, Russia, and Latin America and leave the same comments? Or do you save the righteous indignation for Sub-Saharan Africa?
Jaime Sosa (6 days ago)
Elites also drink incent child blood as well, as the adrenaline is realesed into the blood from the fright right before they die. Crazy!!!
Peter's guy (6 days ago)
Just so people know some parts of African countries are good and want to separate from the Muslim and war filled madness that is sub sharan Africa peacefully like (Biafra a group of Nigerian states that are Christian majority that want Ot leave Nigeria)
Qusai saden (6 days ago)
34:11 look, you're telling me there was a attempt for him getting assassinated then a few days later he came back??
renegade_ace (6 days ago)
A whole country that is just like Detroit but with no American police officers to keep things from going into complete chaos.
calamorta (7 days ago)
48:10 Same... I couldn't even believe that he did all those things. Such a charismatic guy.
Rocky Sellers (7 days ago)
The flag explains it all.
GENIUS POOCHO (7 days ago)
the bat naked still eating people. He looks like he eats good, what else he would eat over there.
Malcolm L (7 days ago)
Ahhhh yes the “we wazzz kangs and shiiieet “ at there best as all ways.
Rachel.unknow (7 days ago)
52:42 anotherrrr hit ☺️
Rachel.unknow (7 days ago)
52:09 another one of my songs🥰
Jamie Gutier (7 days ago)
Once a Norwegian man told me this. If you are Christian and Honest, then you are not smart. If you are honest and smart, then you are not christian. If you are Christian and smart, then you are not honest.
Zay Ray (2 days ago)
That Norwegian man was dumb as fuck lol
Terry Cupboards (3 days ago)
lol atheists think there is no purpose to the world. they have no faith in anything, it's kind of lame.
calamorta (7 days ago)
Makes sense. Nearly 1/3 of the global population is Christian, but ofc that there aren't smart and honest people among them. I'm an agnostic myself and holy shit, why do people need to shit on the religious people? ps: I know it's a figure of speech, but still, this kind of shit only generates heat between Christians and non-Christians.
Nya nya the neko god (7 days ago)
Well im glad to see thing are getting better. In butt naked's part i mean. They are building and it looks ok.
ARDA b. (7 days ago)
This video made my appreciate my life. Humbled me.
GqGeorge7 (8 days ago)
26:27 hmm. The way she speaks, maybe this is how the slaves sounded at that point in time. When slavery ended some were shipped back to Africa, Liberia the colony America created for liberated slaves.
VAWBC Carrie (8 days ago)
The UN is fucking useless
Elliot Gonzalez (8 days ago)
4th poorest!? Damn I'd hate to see number 1!
Onyei Charles (8 days ago)
Shane Smith, you did a good job here. Proud of you and the rest of your team.
Onyei Charles (8 days ago)
General Butt Naked was actually singing a Nigerian Christian song. What the song meant was; May the work of God never spoil. The work of God will never spoil.
Love'OF theMostHigh (8 days ago)
What stands out to me, is that I actually knew a lady from Liberia. And coming from such a place, her attitude certainly didn't reflect it in humbleness. She was borderline arrogant to some degree. And many who come from such places, have the audacity to look their noses down at black Americans once they get here. Really?? Trust me, I get poverty isn't good for anyone. And I get wanting a better way of life. But don't come to America for that better way, and then start looking your noses at black Americans, once you get a few paychecks and a happy hour w/ some new friends! That's what stands out to me. And not just Liberia, but Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia, Sudan, and other nations like China, Japan, Jamaica, Virgin Islands, etc. You can't control coming from poverty, we get it!! But you can control how you now all of a sudden, have the right to start criticize blacks here in America you know nothing about; when chances are, you're coming from less. Which is why you're here in the first place.
GqGeorge7 (8 days ago)
Love'OF theMostHigh Virgin Islands? Which one are you talking about? And neither of them is poor, a GDP per capita of $42,800? In the british virgin islands and about $35,000 In the United States Virgin Islands? To let you know the BVI has no such thing as low income houses or ghettos. That's where I'm from. I can talk in that.
Mike Dodd (8 days ago)
Crips and bloods would run from that set
Ironclad (8 days ago)
Butt Naked is a genius in the most twisted way , kill ppl dnd manage to become the king so became a heart changed sober preacher . He’s a king now to a disposed off solder who can still do shit for him when the worst comes .
Mayhem Max (8 days ago)
If I grew up in that situation I would no do drugs and save up money and move like walk to the next country
Alex Faudel (8 days ago)
15 seconds in... I'm gonna like this
George Straight (9 days ago)
satans people

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