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Oxfam Staffers Accused of Abusing Haitian Women and Children

LADB Article ID: 80545
Category/Department: Haiti
Date: 2018-03-08
By: George Rodríguez

Their job in Haiti was to protect and assist the country’s population, which had been battered by poverty, destructive natural events, and violence, but the UN peacekeepers and the members of Oxfam, an international relief organization, strayed from their missions’ aims, and local women and children were harmed. In real life, many protectors actually turned out to be perpetrators of the very abuses they were supposed to prevent. Women and children were highlighted by the UN as a sector the mission had to watch out for in terms of security and crime-related violence. But the blue helmets did not stick to the script, and many of their actions were counter to their mandate and to elementary ethics. In recent weeks reports of another case of abuse centered on Haitian women and minors surfaced, this time from members of the British charity organization Oxfam. Quoting government and charity sources as well as a 2011 Oxfam confidential report on the case, the London daily The Times revealed that three members of the organization had resigned and four others were fired, following n in-house inquiry into sexual exploitation, the downloading of pornography, bullying, and intimidation of young girls.

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