Former ICRC radio operator seeks compensation
By Kidega Livingstone
A former radio operator who worked for the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) Wau office is seeking compensation from the organization.
26-year-old Duang Ater was among the radio operators in Wau Office from 2015 -2017 before getting mentally ill in an unfortunate circumstance.
Ater who comes from Aweil State of former Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal said his sickness came during the crisis because they were only three people controlling all the aircraft information in all the ICRC locations countrywide.
“It was during the crisis that we were talking and controlling the aircraft in all the airdrop locations of ICRC. We complained to the management to recruit some two more staff but nothing was done until I developed mental sickness due to the work load,” said Ater.
He expressed that he was taken from Wau to Juba Medical complex for treatment where he became normal but the ICRC management have not been able to take him back to work despite his improved condition.
“They called me back for work after the Doctor informed them that I could work but they insisted. They paid my 35 percent for what is called work place injury in May this year 2019. I need now “part B” of my compensation that is six months work determination,” said Ater.
Ater is seeking for his nine months leave salary and the special fund insurance money as the former staff. Ater is also demanding the Organization for the expenses spent on medication that cost him $1,300.
“Sometimes I don’t sleep and no appetite. I should use drugs. I don’t know for how long I will be using drugs for this sickness disturbing me,”Ater questioned.
Effort to reach ICRC for comment was fruitless as the contact given was not reachable.