Oxfam boss apologises to MPs over abuse of Haiti quake victims


Mark Goldring, the head of Oxfam, has apologised to MPs for the actions of staff who sexually exploited female victims of the Haiti earthquake in 2010. He acknowledged that the charity’s actions had damaged the whole aid community, as well as the people of Haiti. Goldring told the Commons international development committee that 7,000 people had cancelled their donations since the scandal broke. He also apologised for his own comments that appeared to downplay the seriousness of the scandal. In an interview last week in the Guardian, Goldring said the charity was being attacked as if “babies had been murdered in their cots”. Asked about his comments, which led to calls for his resignation, the Oxfam executive said: “I do apologise. I was under stress. I’d given many interviews, I’d made many decisions to try to lead Oxfam’s response to this. I was thinking about amazing work I’ve seen Oxfam do around the world, most recently with refugees coming from Myanmar.”(theguardian)…[+]