- Ghanaian soldier based in the UK has sued the military for £150,000
- According to him, the British army failed to protect him from the winter
A Ghanaian man serving with the British army in the United Kingdom has sued the military for £150,000 for failing to protect him from the British winter.
The 36-year-old Michael Asiamah, said he suffered from a 'cold-related' condition after officers failed to supply him warm clothing during an 18-hour exercise in the freezing wind.
According to him, the army exposed him to the cold despite knowing that people of black Caribbean and African origin are more susceptible to cold injuries.
He told the High Court the exercises on Salisbury Plain and Naseby Battlefield in Leicestershire left him with numbness and pain.
He said that the superiors failed to warn him to bring kit such as gloves, winter socks and boots for the exercise in March 2016, and when he told them about his susceptibility to the cold he was told to carry on.
In court papers, Asiamah claimed he was at risk of aggravating his symptoms if he leaves his home in temperatures under 15C (59F), according to the Daily Express reports.
His court writ quotes a study carried out in 2009 that claims back British Army soldiers were 30 times as likely as their white colleagues to get a cold weather injury.
The ministry's own protocol for non-freezing cold injury states that those suffering from the condition should be evacuated immediately.
Army officials however maintain that Asiamah was given the appropriate clothing for the exercises and were expected to contest the ex-soldier's claim.
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