Oxfam releases internal report over Haiti sex scandal, offers apology

Oxfam chief apologizes for 'babies in cots' comment as more abuse reported

With the spotlight now also falling on other aid organisations, Haitian President Jovenel Moise has said sexual misconduct by Oxfam staff was just the tip of an "iceberg". "Our investigation included trying to speak to the women involved. and it interviewed as numerous women as it could trace".

In a statement it said: "Oxfam is grateful to the Haitian Government for allowing us the chance now to offer our humblest apologies and to begin explaining ourselves and start the long road ahead of re-establishing trust and partnership, given our 40-year history with Haiti and its citizens".

Now 23, Mikelange Gabou said he initially helped her with nappies and other things for her baby, and that they later had a "loving relationship" and he would sometimes give her money.

"Prostitutes are victims, they are not doing it because they want to be prostitutes", Latham said. These are pretty vulnerable women and girls, looking for Oxfam to get them through this awful situation. The results, I believe, are that I'm continuing to do my job and I'm continuing to make appropriate decisions.

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"I suspect there was a balance of saying "Oxfam is delivering life-saving assistance to a million people in Haiti". The MP did admit that there was "a lot to apologize for", but the committee appeared to appreciate the apologetic tone that Goldring adopted in relation to the scandal.

Chief executive Mark Goldring on Friday hit out over criticism of the charity, saying it was "out of proportion" to what had happened.

Mr Goldring said there was now a safeguarding team and helpline at Oxfam and the charity was seeking more independent support.

"We know now that that was not enough", he said. "Not every organisation chooses to tell the public about something they got wrong", he said. If we were culpable - which we were - we should have been completely transparent.

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In a grueling testimony, the Oxfam chief also revealed that 7,000 people had canceled regular donations to Oxfam in the wake of the sex scandal. Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam's global executive director, said: "I have spent my life trying to stand up for women's rights and to fight for people living in poverty". Some ugly men came into our organisation and abused the trust of the British people, the supporters, but they were able to get away, to get a recommendation to leave.

In a section on lessons learned from the Haiti scandal, Oxfam agency said it needed to embed "women's rights at the heart of what we do", and implement better procedures to stop disgraced workers from moving on to new posts in the aid industry.

Ms Thomson, who became chairwoman of Oxfam's trustees in 2017, said the charity council's task was to ensure it is "never again" at risk of being perceived to have put reputation over accountability.

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