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Oxfam official quits over Haiti, Chad sex scandals

IANS  |  London 

The and sex scandals involving aid workers from the British charity claimed its first high-profile casualty on Monday when the charity's resigned.

"As at the time workers were in and later in after its 2010 earthquake, I take full responsibility," said Penny Lawrence, reported

"I am ashamed that this happened on my watch and I take full responsibility," she added.

Lawrence issued her statement as executives were responding to a demand for full information from the British government's (DFID) which has threatened to cancel its multi-million dollar funding package.

"Over the last few days we have become aware that concerns were raised about the behaviour of staff in as well as that we failed to adequately act upon.

"It is now clear that these allegations, involving the use of prostitutes and which related to behaviour of both the and members of his team in Chad, were raised before he moved to Haiti.

"I am 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," she said.

Mark Goldring, of Oxfam GB, said: "I deeply respect Penny's decision to accept personal responsibility. Like us, she is appalled at what happened and is determined to do what is best for Oxfam and the people we exist to help."

Lawrence joined Oxfam in February 2006 as and became Deputy in 2016.



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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 23:34 IST