U.K. threatens to cut Oxfam aid after Haiti abuse report

Destruction following the 2010 Haiti earthquake

The British government is considering ending aid to the charity group Oxfam over reports that some of its workers sexually exploited survivors of Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, Britain’s international development secretary, Penny Mordaunt, told BBC News on Sunday. An Oxfam investigation into reports that workers hired prostitutes in 2011 resulted in the firing of four people. Three others resigned, including the charity’s country director, Roland van Hauwermeiren. Oxfam’s leadership has been criticized for failing to report details of the scandal. Mordaunt is meeting with Oxfam leaders on Monday, but said it was clear they did “absolutely the wrong thing.” Oxfam Chair of Trustees Caroline Thomson said she shared the “anger and shame” over the behavior, reported Friday in Britain’s The Times.

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