African soldiers who fought for Britain paid less than white counterparts – Archives | News | Africa

Soldiers who fought in the British army during World War II were paid not only according to their length of service or rank, but also based on the colour of their skin – with black African soldiers getting the short end of the stick.

This is according to a report by The Guardian based on documents unearthed from Britain’s national archives. The documents were uncovered by the makers of a documentary – Jack Losh and Alessandro PavonE – for Al Jazeera English’s ‘People and Power’ series.

The document reveals that the government at the time systematically discriminated against half a million black African soldiers by paying them up to three times less than their white counterparts.

The Guardian reported that Labour Party MPs are calling for government to investigate the matter and…

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