OXFAM Deputy Director resigns after sex abuse scandal in Haiti

Posted by EuropePress on Monday, February 12, 2018 Under: Corruptions
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The deputy director of the British NGO Oxfam, Penny Lawrence, has resigned this Monday from the charge of sex scandals involving members of the organization's staff in Haiti during the post-earthquake work in 2010.

The British newspaper 'The Times' revealed last week abuses of workers of the NGO and, in particular, reported that the director of Oxfam in Haiti, Roland van Hauwermeiren, had hired prostitutes, some of them minors, with funds from the organization .

Oxfam already admitted that the behavior of its staff had been "unacceptable" and now Lawrence, who in 2010 was director of programs, has announced her resignation as deputy director, "ashamed" of what happened under her supposed surveillance. "I assume full responsibility," said this responsible, who has alluded to irregular circumstances in both Haiti and Chad.
"It is now clear that the accusations, which involve the use of prostitutes and that have to do with the behavior of both the director for the country and members of his team in Chad, were raised before he was transferred to Haiti," she has admitted in a statement.

Lawrence has said she is "deeply sorry for the damage and anguish generated for those who support Oxfam, the entire development (aid) sector and for most of the vulnerable people who have trusted us."

The head of the NGO, Mark Goldring, has seconded and regretted the resignation of his 'number two', which he has considered a "personal decision". "Like us, she is impacted by what happened and determined to do what is best for Oxfam and for the people we help," he said.

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