Published: Sat, February 17, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Tutu quits as Oxfam ambassador over aid agency's sex scandal

Tutu quits as Oxfam ambassador over aid agency's sex scandal

The anti-poverty organization has been reeling since the Times of London reported last week that seven former Oxfam staff members who worked in Haiti faced misconduct allegations that included using prostitutes and downloading pornography.

"A lot of people, including the worldwide media, will feel blushes on their cheeks when they hear my version of the facts", the Belgian national told Het Nieuwsblad.

"There are things correctly described", he said, without explicitly elaborating on what he felt was untrue. "Now everything appears exaggerated and that hurts, especially because my family does not want to see me anymore", he told the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad. Parties every week? Chic villas?

Van Hauwermeiren admits to "some mistakes", but claims he only had one intimate relationship with a Haitian woman that was not a prostitute.

Oxfam has neither confirmed nor denied that specific account but has said an internal investigation in 2011 confirmed sexual misconduct occurred and it has apologised.

Oxfam said it publicly announced an investigation into the allegations when they surfaced in 2011.

It said it had been told of details of staff misconduct after the quake in Haiti in 2010, which killed 100,000 people - but that it was not told members of staff may have paid for sex with prostitutes who could have been underage, as reported in the Times.

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The Glastonbury founder has said he will stand by the charity despite recent reports of abuse and sexual misconduct.

Driver is the first celebrity spokesperson to abandon the charity amid the growing scandal, which includes allegations that Oxfam staff used sex workers in Chad, the CNN said.

It is the latest revelation in a scandal which has seen the renowned aid charity rocked by a crisis of credibilty.

Ms Mordaunt said: "No organisation is too big, or our work with them too complex, for me to hesitate to remove funding from them if we can not trust them to put the beneficiaries of aid first".

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said on Wednesday the aid sector needed a change of culture.

New information posted on the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator's (OSCR) website says the Oxfam situation is particularly shocking "because the individuals involved have ultimately let down the very people the charity was meant to be helping and at one of the very worst times for that country".

Van Hauwermeiren made his comments as it emerged that the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) had temporarily suspended funding to a joint project with Oxfam while it examined whether claims made against van Hauwermeiren while he was working for another British agency in Liberia had been properly flagged up.

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