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The Weekly Global Roundup: Oxfam’s Scandal In Haiti (February 19 to 24, 2018)

The Weekly Global Roundup: Oxfam’s Scandal In Haiti (February 19 to 24, 2018)

Oxfam – one of the largest aid charities of the United Kingdom – formally apologised to Haiti and expressed its shame over a prostitution scandal, after it was revealed that a former top official paid for sex and three staff physically threatened and intimidated a witness. The charity later added that “it was investigating 26 new cases of sexual misconduct, including 16 in its international operations”, as the Haitian government suspended Oxfam’s operations for two months, “pending an internal Haitian investigation into the matter”. The case in Haiti happened in 2011 while Oxfam’s employees were helping the country deal with the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake which killed more than 100,000 people. This scandal brings to mind the misconduct of the United Nations and its peacekeeping troops, which introduced cholera to Haiti (and took six years to apologise). Some peacekeepers had also sexually exploited children and women. Continue reading

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