The Buzz | Oxfam's deputy chief executive resigns in Haiti scandal

Oxfam scandal: Chief executive Mark Goldring must resign, says Priti Patel

Meanwhile, actress Minnie Driver has become the first celebrity to quit as an Oxfam ambassador following the Haiti revelations.

Alarmingly, according to many, including the U.K.'s former global development secretary, the Oxfam scandal is just the "tip of the iceberg".

She had previously travelled to countries like Cambodia and Thailand to promote Oxfam's work.

"As programme director at the time, I am ashamed that this happened on my watch and I take full responsibility", she said, adding that she was "desperately sorry for the harm and distress that this has caused to Oxfam's supporters, the wider development sector and most of all the vulnerable people who trusted us".

Britain will stop funding overseas aid agencies if they fail to learn the lessons from Oxfam's sex abuse scandal, and the government will discuss possible prosecutions with law enforcement, the British development minister said on Wednesday.

The allegations centre around Roland van Hauwermeiren who was Oxfam's country director for Haiti and was previously the head of the charity's mission in Chad.

"Charities and dedicated, hard-working aid workers undertake vital, lifesaving work in some of the most hard circumstances across the world", the commission's deputy chief executive David Holdsworth said.

Another, Amira Malik Miller, said that such behavior was common by worldwide aid workers in Liberia, and that she complained to Merlin about another colleague at the time.




The hardening stance follows reports in The Times that young sex workers were hired by Oxfam's senior staff in Haiti after the 2010 natural disaster which devastated the island and left up to 300,000 people dead, and that the UK-based charity tried to cover up the scandal at the time.

He added: "The Scottish Government will not hesitate to take appropriate action whenever we suspect that any abuse has occurred, and we expect the same commitment from those working with us".

A spokesperson for Oxfam said the company was "saddened" by her decision to step down but that they respected her wishes.

"I am very clear: we will not work with any organisation that does not live up to the high standards on safeguarding and protection that we require". While the accusations go back to 2011, it has been in the news after the Times published a report about it on February 9.

The Scottish Government has awarded Oxfam Scotland more than £7 million in funding since 2008.

Evans told Channel 4 of a survey conducted during her 2012-2015 tenure that exposed a "culture of sexual abuse" in some Oxfam offices.

Save The Children said it had never employed van Hauwermeiren, who left his role with Merlin nine years before the two organisations merged.

Priti Patel told Nick she wouldn't donate to Oxfam.

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