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Oxfam sacked Haiti chief following allegations of "mismanagement"

Oxfam sacked Haiti chief following allegations of

Last week, the British newspaper The Times reported that in 2011 Oxfam tried to cover up claims that a guesthouse was used as a "whorehouse" by male aid workers in Haiti, which had been devastated the previous year by an quake that killed 220,000 people and left 1.5 million homeless.

The UK charity commission has launched a statutory inquiry amid claims that Oxfam covered up cases of sexual misconduct in Haiti.

Van Hauwermeiren resigned as Haiti country director for Oxfam before the end of the 2011 investigation into his use of prostitutes working in the earthquake-hit country.

He is also accused of using prostitutes during an aid mission in Liberia for another British charity, two years before he joined Oxfam.

"But I've also read a lot of lies and exaggerations". He told them his account would make the media "blush with shame".

He acknowledged having had a brief sexual relationship at his Oxfam house with a local woman whom he met as a result of giving her younger sister milk powder and diapers for her child. He denied giving the woman money but said the liaison "fuelled rumours" and had left his leadership and Oxfam "compromised".

In his first response to allegations over his conduct, Roland Van Hauwermeiren said in an open letter to a broadcaster in his native Belgium he did not want to cast himself as a victim but feared that Oxfam, other aid workers and those they help would suffer from false accusations.

"It's inevitable that people will feel uncomfortable but whether there will be a fall-off in volunteers in our shop I can't tell".

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Damien Berrendorf, who served as the Oxfam's country director in Haiti from 2012 to 2017, was dismissed after the allegations were reported through the charity's own whistleblowing line.

On his deployment to Chad, pointing out it's a conservative Muslim country, he said: If anybody of ours had invited a prostitute it would have been known by all of us, and there would have been a chance that you would have found him the next morning on the street with a cut throat...

The UN said previous year there were 145 cases of sexual exploitation involving 311 victims reported within peacekeeping in 2016 alone.

Mr MacLeod said some of those workers who resigned were even given good references.

British officials said Oxfam is risking $60 million in annual government funding over a lack of transparency in dealing with the alleged misconduct.

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt vowed that sex abusers operating in the charity sector would be brought to justice "no matter where they are".

But Andrew MacLeod, former chief of operations of the UN's Emergency Coordination Centre and Red Cross aid worker, said the Oxfam scandal is just the tip of the iceberg.

Announcing the move, the head of humanitarian aid at Sida, Susanne Mikhail Eldhagen, said the project, which assists 250,000 people in Iraq, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, would be suspended, conceding that beneficiaries would be affected.


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