A Portsmouth man who lost his leg while serving in the Army has hit out at anti-Muslim sentiment and said he is frustrated that people expect him to be racist because of his experience.
Chris Herbert, who lost his leg in Iraq in 2007 after standing on a landmine, said someone had tried to recruit him for “anti Muslim propaganda” and called on people to stop blaming all those of a particular faith for the actions of a minority.
His Facebook post, urging people to ‘get a grip of your lives, hug your family and get back to work’, has been shared more than 60,000 times.
He said he may have been injured at the hands of a Muslim, but listed the number of Muslims who had since helped him in his recovery.
His words came as politicians and others told of their outrage at the comments of US presidential hopeful Donald Trump who called for Muslims to be barred from entering America, and then claimed parts of London are no-go areas for police because some areas are ‘so radicalised’.
Mr Herbert wrote online: ‘Getting frustrated by some people expecting racism from me, because I got blown up.’
He said he had been helped by Muslim medics, from the surgeon who he credited with saving his life to the doctor who offered his father friendly advice in a pub about his son’s recovery.
He also listed unpleasant experiences he had had with ‘white Brits’, but added: ‘Although, alot of people helped in my recovery! I dont hate white brits either! hahaha.’
Mr Herbert’s post has drawn widespread praise, with people hailing him for sharing his experience.