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OXFAM CHARITY COMMISION-‘TOXIC, COLONIAL MENTALITY, DOWNPLAYING, institutional, normalised, organisational culture, now legitimised, international, painful, alarming to everyone, moreso anyone donating to OXFAM CHARITY with regards to the sexual abuse allegations made by Oxfam abuse victims in Haiti’.
The Oxfam sexual abuse scandal is absolutely shocking across the whole world, including funders, those donating to Oxfam and countries particularly third world countries in receipt of donor funding from Oxfam.
It now appears that sex abuse victims who had escaped the horrors of war , torture and abuse, pain, death and suffering were not only subjected to inhumane treatment because of the sex abuse scandal by OXFAM Charity workers, but actually sent back to war zones as soon as they raised complaints against the abuse by the aid workersaccording to an an official report which has exposed the shocking scale of the OXFAM Charity scandal.
The UK is presently seen as actively protecting the OXFAM charity who failed to respond adequately to allegations that aid workers in Haiti were sexually abusing women who genuinely thought they were safe under the charity but instead OXFAM “tolerated poor behaviour”.
According to the report, it was also found that a total of sixteen (16) child volunteers in UK high street stores had complained of being victims of the OXFAM abuse and the extent of the abuse clearly institutional, normalised, organisational culture, now legitimised, international, painful, alarming to everyone, moreso anyone donating to OXFAM charity or receiving OXFAM charity donations or aid. They are seen as keen on protecting their already tarnished image or reputation and to keep the flow of donations rolling in.
According to reports, a specific allegation that came through, was that : “Beneficiaries who raised complaints against Oxfam GB and UN staff were removed from camps and repatriated back to conflict zones by staff who wanted to protect their colleagues.”
The report came a year after allegations emerged that Oxfam aid workers had used prostitutes in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. The claims resulted in more than 7,000 people cancelling their donations, forcing Oxfam to make £16 million of cuts to aid projects.
Oxfam held its own investigation following allegations by a whistleblower in 2011, resulting in four people being sacked and three others, including Roland van Hauwermeiren, its former director in Haiti, being allowed to resign.
The Charity Commission report, which concluded that Oxfam put vulnerable children at risk by not investigating allegations of sexual assault by aid workers, came after an 18-month investigation and a six-month delay.
The watchdog said that it had passed information relating the one case relating to two Haitian girls, aged 12 and 13, who claimed that they were “beaten and used” by an Oxfam “boss”, to the National Crime Agency (NCA).
Their emails were seen by Dame Barbara Stocking, the charity’s CEO at the time, and the charity concluded that the claims were “fake”.
However the report condemned the charity saying it did not take their allegations “seriously enough”, that it “should not have taken the risk with the safety of minors” and should have reported the allegations to police.
Regarding allegations that war refugees were “repatriated” if they raised concerns or reported staff had abused them, Stephen Twigg, Labour MP and chairman of the International Development Committee, said: “This allegation is extremely serious and merits further investigation.
There is a clear need to change the culture away from maintaining reputations of organisations. Staff need to have confidence that they will be protected and believed.”
This comes as a separate Oxfam-commissioned Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct, Accountability and Culture conducted a global audit of the charity and concluded that it is blighted by “toxic working environments”, “colonial behaviour”, and sexism.
In response, Caroline Thomson, chairman of trustees at Oxfam GB, said that the charity is “deeply sorry” for its failure to prevent sexual abuse by its former staff in Haiti. “It was a terrible abuse of power, and an affront to the values that Oxfam holds dear,” she said.
She added that Oxfam has begun to implement the review’s 79 recommendations and accepted that its response to safeguarding should have been improved “further and faster” after Haiti, and added that the “very uncomfortable” findings from the inquiry will be used to “spur to greater improvement”.
Regarding the claim that victims were “repatriated”, a spokesman said more details have been requested. Sibusiso Ngwenya source-Telegraph
www.newzimbabwevision, says there is a need for better safeguards against such horrors, including totally dismantling all structures , and associated organisational names tarnished by such malicious activities. The UK must demonstrate that it takes the allegations seriously , by investigating all allegations raised fully and bringing the full wrath of the law to bear upon the perpetrators of such injustices as they are UK citizens and if child sex abuse is a crime in UK, it follows it is also a crime in Haiti or any recipient countries , never mind the fact its a third world or black nation. OXFAM charity without a formal credible conclusion, formal arrest, charges, trial and jailing of the Oxfam charity aid workers responsible along with black listing them, case in point, a child sex offender is black listed in the UK, would simply demonstrate they do not take the victim allegations seriously.
How they handle the crisis is indicative of what the UK normalises or legitimises and it is their responsibility to deal with this mess as its not about OXFAM alone but about the government of the day. They need a complete system overhaul, changes in policies and laws regarding charities and the donor relations with recipients. Charities should have full Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks of all their employees, current and future and pursue arrest, and trial of perpetrators of such crimes, for donations to be seen as genuine, as the OXFAM matter has heavily damaged donor relations with recipient nations.
It is shocking for anyone following this matter to realise the cover up led by the then CEO, whom, the watchdog said that it had passed information relating to two Haitian girls, aged 12 and 13, who claimed that they were “beaten and used” by an Oxfam “boss”, to the National Crime Agency (NCA).
Their emails were seen by Dame Barbara Stocking, the OXFAM charity’s CEO at the time, and the charity concluded that the claims were “fake”.
www.newzimbabwevision.com says that it is imperative for a CEO to attend to issues raised, with the urgency and seriousness needed along with gathering evidence to help shape the organisation’s policies and move the organisation forward progressively, rather than casually claiming, that the claims were “fake”. This is typical in the first world when it comes to CEOS covering up for their staff, in a sense covering their own backs because the conduct of their juniors is their responsibility as its done and guided by the organisation’s policies, culture and all that the organisation tends to normalise by turning ablind eye to it.
They even dare to recommend relevant watchdogs if the complainants are displeased as obviously how these two girls would have felt.
We all know that this is in the hope that the matters would not go any further and if in case they go ahead, that the ‘fake’ investigations and findings by the CEOs would determine the spirit of any organisation or individual who may end up handling the matter, precisely that they would also give the matter a casual glance and bin it thereafter,..case closed! Think twice before you spend your next penny in donation to actually aiding and abeting crime,..wake up donors and recipients!-DISCUSS! Sibusiso Ngwenya
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