Amputee soldier’s anti-Islamophobia post goes viral

24th Dec 2015

Nadime Osman

A British soldier who had his leg blown off by a bomb while serving in Iraq has taken the internet by storm after his Facebook post attacking Islamophobia went viral.

Chris Herbert, who served in the British Army in Basra, Iraq, lost his right leg when a bomb went off next to his Land Rover in 2007.

Herbert, who was 19 when he suffered the life-changing injury, took to Facebook after complaining that he was “getting frustrated” with people expecting him to be racist after losing his leg.

In 341 facebook post Herbert eloquently told Islamophobes to: “Get a grip of your lives, hug your family and get back to work.”

The post has been shared nearly 125,000 times and has been hugely popular on social media.

“Yes. A Muslim man blew me up, and I lost my leg,” he wrote. “A Muslim man also lost his arm that day wearing a British Uniform.

“A Muslim medic was in the helicopter that took me from the field. A Muslim surgeon performed the surgery that saved my life.

“A Muslim nurse was part of the team that helped me when I returned to the UK.

“A Muslim Healthcare Assistant was part of the team that sorted out my day to day needs in rehabilitation when I was learning to walk.

“A Muslim taxi driver gave me a free ride the first time I went for a beer with my dad after I came home.

“A Muslim doctor offered my dad comfort and advice in a pub, when he didn’t know how to deal with my medicines and side effects.”

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