African soldier sues British Army for £150,000 for ‘failing to protect him from cold’
A former soldier is suing the Ministry of Defence after claiming he suffered from a ‘cold-related’ condition during an exercise in the freezing wind.
Michael Asiamah, 36, claims officers failed to supply him with warm clothing such as mittens and boots during the 18-hour session in March 2016.
Mr Asiamah, who was born in Ghana and served with the Adjutant General’s Corps, told the High Court the army exposed him to cold temperatures despite knowing that people of black Caribbean and African origin are more susceptible to cold injuries.
He also claims the exercises on Salisbury Plain and Naseby Battlefield in Leicestershire have left him with numbness and pain in his hands and feet and his symptoms are aggravated if he ventures outside in temperatures under 15C.
He said he was also exposed to the cold a week earlier when he spent five-hours in civilian clothing while listening to lectures about military tactics as he stood outside.
The ex-trooper, who now runs an evangelical church near his home in Tidworth, Wiltshire, says his dreams of becoming a PE teacher are now dashed and is suing the MoD for £150,000, reports the Daily Express.
Mr Asiamah’s writ claims research by the Army Medical Corps in 2009 showed that black British Army soldiers were 30 times more likely than their white counterparts to develop a cold weather injury.
He told the High Court the army exposed him to cold temperatures despite knowing that people of black Caribbean and African origin are more susceptible to cold injuries (Picture: sjiong/Wikicommons)
The MoD’s own protocol for non-freezing cold injury instructs that those suffering from the condition should be evacuated immediately, although Mr Asiamah claims he was told he was told to carry on.
A spokesperson for the MoD said: ‘It would be inappropriate to comment on an ongoing legal investigation.
‘However, all service personnel are provided with the correct clothing, equipment and training.’
My view: Soldiers don't quit because of cold weather, you signed up for it - get a grip. It's like a Premier League footballer taking legal action against his club for not protecting him from the cold weather, when he knew what he signed for from the beginning. This is just greed and nothing more, he should move on with his evangelical work and man up and stop moaning about being cold, after all he was trained to kill enemies and protect us.