The Hell’s Angel on a Mission to Save Africa’s Forgotten Children

The Times Magazine

Sam Childers was a violent drug addict who went by the nickname Savage. Now he’s a God-fearing, gun-toting vigilante intent on rescuing the child victims of the Lord’s Resistance Army. No wonder Hollywood is intrigued.

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Sam Childers outside the orphanage for rescued children he built in Nimule, Sudan (Jack Hill for The Times)

The Rev Sam Childers leans back in a plastic chair, crosses his tattooed, bear-like arms over a broad expanse of chest and regards me from behind wraparound sunglasses. Finally, after an unnerving minute, a smile gradually spreads out beneath his ragged and greying walrus moustache and he chuckles.

“I never said I killed anybody, did I?” says the man who calls himself the Machine Gun Preacher. “I never shot anybody that didn’t need shot. If a gun’s pulled on you, you shoot.” Continue reading The Hell’s Angel on a Mission to Save Africa’s Forgotten Children

Lesson for a CEO: don’t trumpet your elephant kill

The Times of London
Nairobi, Kenya

Shooting an elephant and posting the video on your blog is not a smart marketing move, as the chief executive of America’s biggest web registration company is discovering.

Since posting the four-minute video in which he claimed to be helping Zimbabwean villagers by “hunting problem elephant[s]”, Bob Parsons, the founder and chief executive of GoDaddy, has been inundated with appalled messages from customers and the public. Continue reading Lesson for a CEO: don’t trumpet your elephant kill