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UK reviews Oxfam ties after Haiti scandal

UK reviews Oxfam ties after Haiti scandal

LONDON: The British government is reviewing its relationship with Oxfam amid a deepening sexual misconduct scandal involving some of the charity’s employees working in Haiti after its devastating 2010 earthquake.

The UK’s Department for International Development sharply criticised the charity for its lack of transparency as questions swirled about how much detail Oxfam provided when it first reported the allegations.

The agency, which gave 31.7 million pounds ($43.8 million) to Oxfam last year, demanded that Oxfam’s senior officials meet with it to explain their actions.

“If wrongdoing, abuse, fraud or criminal activity occur, we need to know about it immediately, in full,” the agency said. “The way this appalling abuse of vulnerable people was dealt with raises serious questions that Oxfam must answer.”

The Times of London repo­rted that misconduct allegations against seven former Oxfam staff in Haiti inclu­ded the use of prostitutes some of whom may have been under 18 and downloading pornography.

Published in Dawn, February 11th, 2018

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