'Devastated' Minnie Driver cuts ties with Oxfam amid sex scandal

'Devastated' Minnie Driver cuts ties with Oxfam amid sex scandal

"The Times newspaper on 10 February 2018 wrote that a current CAFOD employee was named as an Oxfam staff member who had been working in Haiti in 2011, amidst accusations of sexual misconduct", Chris Bean, Director of CAFOD, said in a statement.

ReutersOxfam is being threatened with having its government funding cut as a result of the scandal.

Oxfam's chair of trustees Caroline Thomson and chief executive Mark Goldring had been called to explain themselves at a meeting earlier on Monday with International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt.

"We are unable to assist any further in this matter", a spokeswoman said.

Driver tweeted: "All I can tell you about this very bad revelation about Oxfam is that I am devastated".

"While investigations have to be completed and any potential criminal prosecuted accordingly, what is clear is that the culture that allowed this to happen needs to change and it needs to change now", Mordaunt added.

Oxfam receives around 32 million pounds ($44 million) of British government funding a year.

Oxfam said that they were "grateful" for the actress and her devotion to the charity in the last few years.

It is alleged that senior Oxfam staff hired prostitutes while doing work on the charity's behalf in disaster-hit Chad and Haiti.

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Evans, who was in charge of investigating allegations against Oxfam staff members between 2012 and 2015, told Channel 4 television that abuse cases she had heard of included a woman who had been coerced into having sex in exchange for aid. She acknowledged that allegations had been known that country director for Chad, Roland van Hauwermeiren, and members of his staff, had paid for sex while they were stationed in the African country in 2006 before the team was moved to Haiti four years later.

Merlin has since been taken over by Save The Children, which said in a statement it had no access to records from when Mr Hauwermeiren was employed there and can not say whether action was taken.

On Tuesday a former colleague of Mr van Hauwermeiren said that he had been sent home from a mission with another British charity for using prostitutes in Liberia.

Meanwhile actress Minnie Driver hascut ties with the charity, saying she was "horrified" by the scandal.

But she urged people not to desert other charities who do great work in helping the most vulnerable people in the world.

Oxfam is not the first non-governmental organisation to be accused of abuse.

He was the country's former finance minister under ex-President Alvaro Colom, who was arrested on corruption allegations with much of his entire former cabinet.

In a statement Oxfam International said it supports Dr Juan Alberto Fuentes Knight "and his decision to devote his time now to vigorously contest these charges".

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