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US News Abuse by aid workers and peacekeepers in Haiti known about 10 years ago

09:51  17 february  2018
09:51  17 february  2018 Source:   pressassociation.com

Oxfam boss 'deeply ashamed' of charity behaviour

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The scale of abuse by aid workers and peacekeepers overseas was "significant" and "chronically under-reported", according to a report published a decade ago . The fieldwork took place in Haiti in 2007, years before alleged abuse was carried out by Oxfam workers .

An Associated Press (AP) investigation revealed in 2017 that more than 100 United Nations (UN) peacekeepers ran a child sex ring in Haiti over a 10 - year period and none were ever jailed.

 

A lartine project led and financed by Oxfam, at the tent camp where 55,000 displaced Haitians are living on the grounds of what was the Club de Petionville on January, 2011 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. A lartine project led and financed by Oxfam, at the tent camp where 55,000 displaced Haitians are living on the grounds of what was the Club de Petionville on January, 2011 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The scale of abuse by aid workers and peacekeepers overseas was “significant” and “chronically under-reported”, according to a report published a decade ago.

Save the Children found children were being coerced into sex, trading sex acts for food and other items and being forced into sexual slavery in Haiti, Cote d’Ivoire and southern Sudan.

In one case cited in the No-One To Turn To report, a 15-year-old girl in Haiti was offered – but refused – 100 Haitian gourdes (£2) and some chocolate to perform a sex act on “a couple of humanitarian men”.

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  Decision on Oxfam funding will not be rushed, says Penny Mordaunt The International Development Secretary said her decision would be guided by the findings of a Charity Commission probe into Oxfam.A decision on whether to withdraw public funding from Oxfam over the aid worker sex scandal will not be taken hastily, International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt has said.

The scale of abuse by aid workers and peacekeepers overseas was 'significant' and 'chronically under-reported', according to a report published a decade ago . Save the Children's fieldwork took place in Haiti in 2007, years before alleged abuse was carried out by Oxfam workers .

Children may well have been among those abused by van Hauwermeiren and other aid workers . We know that many sex markets in countries such as the Philippines exist because of the presence of the military and so-called “ peacekeepers ”.

The report was published in 2008 but has recently come to light following the scandal over alleged sex abuse by Oxfam workers and a suggestion the charity covered up claims that staff used prostitutes while delivering aid to disaster-stricken Haiti.

Save the Children spoke to 341 people in the three countries and found “significant levels of abuse of boys and girls continue in emergencies, with much of it going unreported”.

The report listed details of alleged abuse in countries including Haiti (Niall Carson/PA) © Provided by The Press Association The report listed details of alleged abuse in countries including Haiti (Niall Carson/PA) “The results of this study suggest that existing efforts to keep children safe from sexual exploitation and abuse are inadequate,” the report concluded.

The research found “every kind of child sexual abuse and exploitation imaginable” was taking place.

Oxfam re-hired man fired over sex misconduct claim

  Oxfam re-hired man fired over sex misconduct claim An Oxfam worker fired over sexual misconduct allegations in Haiti was later re-hired by the charity in Ethiopia, it has emerged. Oxfam said the decision to employ the man as a consultant in the African nation was a "serious error".Several staff were sacked or resigned in 2011 over a string of lurid claims, including that they had used prostitutes while delivering aid to earthquake-hit Haiti.In a statement, Oxfam said re-hiring one of those workers in Ethiopia "should never have happened"."We are still checking how this occurred," the charity added.

The UN has recognised 612 claims of sexual abuse over the past five years . In 2006, peacekeepers in Liberia and Haiti were accused of forcing girls to perform sexual favours in return for food. “In Manila I would stand and watch aid workers meet women and some were apparently under age, but

Accusations of sexual abuse by U.N. peacekeepers and aid workers around the world have increased in recent years and the United Nations is investigating claims against its soldiers in hot spots such as Haiti , Liberia, Ivory Coast and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

It said: “Children as young as six are trading sex with aid workers and peacekeepers in exchange for food, money, soap and, in a very few cases, luxury items such as mobile phones.”

A young boy in Haiti described how a group of people in the streets decided to make money out of a girl sleeping rough and they took her to a man who worked for an NGO who gave her a dollar and raped her.

The report found the main reasons for the under-reporting of abuse included fears of losing the assistance – one boy from Sudan said: “People don’t report it because they are worried that the agency will stop working here, and we need them” – while stigmatisation and fears of retaliation were also cited as reasons.

A young girl in Haiti added: “The people who are raping us and the people in the office are the same people.”

The fieldwork took place in Haiti in 2007, years before alleged abuse was carried out by Oxfam workers.

Oxfam chief exec to face MPs over sex scandal

  Oxfam chief exec to face MPs over sex scandal The head of Oxfam GB will be questioned by MPs today over the sex scandal that has engulfed the charity. Mark Goldring will appear before the Commons International Development Committee, along with the chair of trustees, Caroline Thomson, and Winnie Byanyima, the executive director of Oxfam International.Meanwhile it has emerged that Mr Goldring is the subject of an internal investigation at the charity following a complaint made last month over how senior management had responded to requests to re-open a 2010 case involving allegations of sexual abuse.

10 :00 - 10 :05. If those aid workers are also abusing you, how hard is it to go to them and complain? Save the Children interviewed children from Ivory Coast, southern Sudan and Haiti . Related. UN Chief Says Allegations of Peacekeeper Abuse Will Be Investigated.

The unforgivable behaviour of charity staff in Haiti after its catastrophic earthquake should have В ответ @SueKelly 10 . You could have a read? Or maybe just accept you misread the initial tweet? Don't you mean that Aid Workers are using food, money, soap, etc. In order to sexually abuse

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It concluded: “Breaking the silence surrounding this problem is an essential step towards its elimination.

Oxfam probing 26 new cases of sexual misconduct: chief

  Oxfam probing 26 new cases of sexual misconduct: chief Oxfam said Tuesday it was investigating 26 new cases of sexual misconduct which had been reported since a scandal broke earlier this month over its handling of a 2011 case in Haiti. The British charity's chief executive Mark Goldring told a parliamentary committee in London that 16 of the cases related to its international operation."There are 26 cases that have come forward... They range in time frame from more recent events to long historic events where people did not report them at the time," Goldring said.

Two years later, however, in the wake of the Haitian and Chilean disasters, little, if anything, has been done to end the sexual abuse of children by aid workers and UN peacekeepers .

Aid agencies including Oxfam were warned that aid workers were sexually abusing children in Haiti a decade ago , The Independent can reveal. Several children said they knew of cases where international aid workers had left the country while wanted by police, or where abusers had been

“Our research suggests that children and their families are not speaking out because of a mix of stigma, fear, ignorance and powerlessness. In addition, it appears that at the grassroots level international agencies are not yet perceived as responding effectively to allegations – with the consequence that victims and others cannot see the point of reporting abuse.

“Together, these two factors are a major impediment to stamping out this problem.”

It recommended the establishment of a global watchdog to evaluate how agencies tackle abuse, as well as setting up effective complaints mechanisms.

Corinna Csaky, who wrote the report, told the Independent that a copy of the report had been sent to the Oxfam chief executive and other major charities, adding: “In our cover letter we emphasised that our research revealed a sector-wide problem but we didn’t implicate any one particular organisation by name.”

Meanwhile, Oxfam’s future funding from the taxpayer is in doubt after the charity agreed not to bid for fresh cash following the aid worker sex scandal.

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said funding would not be considered until her department was satisfied that Oxfam can meet the “high standards” expected.

She added that the Government “reserves the right to take whatever decisions about present or future funding to Oxfam, and any other organisation, that we deem necessary”.

Oxfam received £31.7 million in taxpayer funding in 2016/17. 

Oxfam barred from working in Haiti amid scandal .
Haiti has suspended Oxfam from operating in the country amid an investigation into the charity's sex scandal.The Caribbean nation's government announced Oxfam has had its authorisation to work in Haiti revoked for at least two months over "serious failings" between 2010 and 2011.

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