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Scathing probe of Oxfam GB slams help group’s failure to cease sexual, bodily misconduct

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TODAY:

  • The U.K.’s Charity Fee has launched a damning report following an 18-month probe into Oxfam GB’s actions in Haiti.
  • Two New Brunswick youngsters have developed a brand new system to foretell floods.
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Oxfam GB

The British arm of Oxfam, one of many world’s largest help organizations, has been slammed for failing to heed warnings about sexual abuse by its program employees in Haiti, and for its inner tradition of “tolerating poor behaviour.”

The damning findings come from a newly launched report by the U.K.’s Charity Fee following an 18-month probe into Oxfam GB’s actions in Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake.

The investigation concludes that the help group ignored or downplayed considerations raised by whistleblowers who complained that employees had been hiring native prostitutes for events, and didn’t sufficiently examine claims of bodily abuse and different misconduct it obtained from two ladies aged 12 and 13.

“No charity is more important than the people it serves or the mission it pursues,” the report says. [Oxfam GB’s] governance and tradition with regard to safeguarding has repeatedly fallen beneath requirements anticipated and failed to fulfill guarantees made.”

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A employee checks water sanitation gear at Oxfam’s logistics warehouse in Bicester, England, earlier than transport it to Haiti on Jan. 15, 2010. Oxfam offered help to Haitians within the aftermath of the disastrous 2010 earthquake. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Photos)

The charity dealt with the matter internally on the time, firing 4 folks and letting three others resign, together with its nation director for Haiti.

However when the story grew to become public in the beginning of 2018, dozens of different victims got here ahead and allegations had been raised about employees sexual misconduct on tasks in Chad and the Philippines. It was additionally reported that the help employee on the centre of the Haiti scandal, Roland van Hauwermeiren, had left a job with one other British charity in 2004 after considerations had been raised about intercourse events in Liberia.

Oxfam GB noticed greater than 7,000 donors cancel their items following the revelations and needed to slice $27 million from its 2019 program price range. The group’s chief government stepped down, and below menace of a funding freeze by the U.K. authorities, the group agreed to not apply for any new help cash till the allegations had been totally investigated.

Final month, Oxfam disclosed that it has dismissed 79 employees because the spring of 2018 after receiving greater than 300 complaints of sexual harassment, bullying and sexual exploitation.

An impartial inquiry that the charity commissioned to look at its work tradition and practices within the discipline is because of ship its closing report later this month.

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An Oxfam emergency workforce delivers hygiene kits to forestall the unfold of Cholera and different ailments within the city of Camp Perrin, Haiti, in October 2016 after hurricane Matthew. (Fran Afonso/Oxfam Worldwide by way of EPA)

At this time’s Charity Fee report comes with an official warning from the federal government regulator, which requires Oxfam to create a plan to enhance its governance and implement a collection of suggestions.

However the investigation additionally contained a warning for different help teams.

All charities want to soak up the central lesson from Oxfam’s shortcomings, it says. “Preserving folks secure is an integral a part of their entrance line operations. It isn’t an added further.”

And all indications are that the issues within the charity sector prolong far past one group.

When the Oxfam scandal broke in early 2018, it was reported a complete of 120 employees from a number of main British charities, together with Save the Kids and the Purple Cross, had been dealing with sexual abuse allegations.

And a survey of main world help organizations, carried out by the Thomson Reuters Basis earlier this yr, discovered that they’d fired 91 employees after receiving 539 experiences of intercourse abuse and harassment in 2018.

In March, the United Nations stated that it had obtained simply over 200 experiences of sexual exploitation and violence by employees and companions final yr, together with 54 allegations levelled towards peacekeepers and 19 towards World Meals Program workers.

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Haiti’s Minister of Planning and Exterior Cooperation, Aviol Fleurant, shows an announcement in regards to the Oxfam scandal in Port-au-Prince on June 13, 2018. (Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters)

Final week, a federal courtroom choose in Connecticut ratified a $60 million US class motion settlement for 170 Haitians who say they had been victims of sexual abuse as youngsters whereas attending a faculty run by a now-defunct American charity.

And Extra Than Me, an American charity that targeted on rescuing Liberian ladies from sexual exploitation, is dealing with potential legal and civil motion after a ProPublica investigation says it failed to forestall the rapes of younger ladies in its care by employees members.

At this time brings information {that a} distinguished Canadian help employee had been discovered responsible of sexually assaulting youngsters in Nepal. Peter Dalglish, the founding father of Road Children Worldwide and an Order of Canada recipient, has been in a jail close to Kathmandu for greater than a yr after the Central Investigation Bureau of the Nepal Police arrested him at gunpoint.

He denies the fees made by two boys, aged 11 and 14, and his legal professionals have accused the police of bribing and intimidating witnesses.


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Getting forward of the flood

Two New Brunswick youngsters have found out a brand new system for predicting floods, reporter Nick Purdon writes.

We meet within the library at Fredericton Excessive College.

Fifteen-year-old Cynthia Cui is in Grade 10 and her brother Leonardo, 17, is in Grade 11. They’ve reduce class to point out me the interactive flood prediction map they’ve developed.  

For the previous two years, New Brunswick has lived by the worst floods in Canada.

About 5,500 properties alongside the St. John River flooded or had been liable to flooding this yr, in accordance with Statistics Canada. And the Fredericton-Saint John area had the most important flooded space within the nation — 383 sq. kilometres.

“It is simply such a devastating occasion to lose your own home to flooding,” says Cynthia. “So we felt if folks might know upfront, they might put together adequately for flooding — then that would actually assist the neighborhood.”

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Fredericton high-school college students Cynthia Cui and her brother Leonardo developed an interactive flood-prediction map for a science honest competitors that’s extra correct than the prevailing ones in use within the province. (Nick Purdon/Internet)

As we sit down to take a look at their flood-prediction system, I casually ask what number of hours it took them.

Leonardo’s eyes widen. He appears to be like at me as if I am a typical grownup who would not perceive something.

“It was greater than hours,” he says. “It took months!”

“I actually do not need to rely,” Cynthia provides, earlier than explaining how the siblings needed to work round their hectic schedules, which embrace rowing practices, fencing competitions, chess tournaments and on a regular basis college work.

What the Cuis present me is fairly exceptional.

Utilizing historic local weather knowledge and a machine-learning algorithm that analyzes patterns, they created a map of Fredericton that may forecast floods.

Leonardo enters some knowledge and reveals me the way it works.

“If there is a blue color the place your own home is on the map, it means your own home is getting flooded,” he says. “And you’ll see how severely it’s getting flooded by the color gradient.”

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The flood-modelling gained the Intact Local weather Change Resilience Award on the Canada-Broad Science Honest in Fredericton. (Nick Purdon)

Their map has confirmed extra correct than something beforehand obtainable, and it landed the siblings a main award at a latest Nationwide Science Honest.

“We’re simply completely happy that we are able to use our mannequin and that we may give again to the neighborhood,” Cynthia says.

Meet the Cuis tonight in our story on The Nationwide that appears at how the flooding in New Brunswick continues to have an effect on folks lengthy after the waters subsided.

– Nick Purdon

  • WATCH: The story in regards to the affect the in depth flooding in New Brunswick has had on peoples’ lives, tonight on The Nationwide on Internet Tv and streamed on-line

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June 11, 1961: Census counts Canadians, whether or not they prefer it or not

The 1961 census was going largely as deliberate — a refusal price of simply 0.5 per cent, and “not a Doukhobor amongst them,” this Internet Newsmagazine story notes. However there was one man who stood able to battle the “encroaching restrictions and rules” of the Dominion Bureau of Statistics. Alec Beasley, a B.C. rooster farmer, tells a reporter that he is prepared to pay the $100 positive ($865 in 2019 {dollars}) for non-compliance.

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