As the week has progressed we see that Oxfam has started to play the Victim Card even as we read of more abuse carried out by its staff. Government is not impressed by the response of Oxfam and I salute Penny Mordaunt who has determined that further funding is to to frozen.
Ofam has been told it will not receive new Foreign Aid funding from the Government amid scathing criticism of its handling of the Haiti sex scandal and the charity’s leadership. Penny Mordaunt, the International Development Secretary, said that the charity had “a long way to go” to regain public trust as she revealed it had agreed not to bid for new funding. Ms Mordaunt said that staff and volunteers had been “poorly served by Oxfam’s leadership” in a move that will increase pressure on Mark Goldring, the charity’s chief executive. It represents a significant blow for Oxfam, which last year received more than £30million from the Government.
£30M directly siphoned from the public purse and yet Oxfam claims it is a “charity”?
Cutting to the heart of the actual sexual abuse that has been uncovered, we read sordid allegations about Roland van Hauwermeiran, Head of Relief (Sexual?) Oxfam in Haiti.
A former prostitute claimed last night that the Oxfam boss at the centre of the sex scandal regularly paid to sleep with her. She said Roland van Hauwermeiren had sex with her twice a week for six months in Haiti – after the 2010 earthquake had destroyed her home and killed five members of her family. The mother-of-one said the aid worker paid her between £70 and £140 each time, after initially meeting her on the street near his £1,500-a-month hilltop villa known as the Eagle’s Nest. She claimed she was just 16 – under the Haitian age of sexual consent which is 18 – when they first had sex.
And what does Van Hauwermeiran have to say, well try this for size.
“I had met her because I supported her younger sister and her mother with diapers and powder milk. I have never given her money. “I should have known better, I’m made of flesh and blood, nobody’s perfect, but I’m not a pig.”
I can hear an Oink from the unremorseful Van Hauwermeiran. How about the view of Oxfam Chief Executive, Mark Goldring?
“The intensity and the ferocity of the attack makes you wonder, what did we do? We murdered babies in their cots?”
No, Mark, you didn’t but YOUR staff took sexual advantage of vulnerable people in the most perilous circumstances imaginable. YOUR organisation then sought to systematically cover this up. YOU have shown nothing but arrogance and YOU should resign. The people of Haiti suffered grievously because of the Earthquake and then Oxfam staff moved in to take advantage of them. YOU are a menace, a moral disgrace and the sooner Oxfam is closed down the better.