Former aid worker says he saw abuse whilst working abroad in disaster zones
A former aid worker who was posted to Bosnia, Rwanda and Pakistan for the International Red Cross and the UN says he saw abuse by aid workers whilst working abroad.
Andrew Macleod says he saw aid workers taking advantage of the people they were supposed to be helping whilst working in disaster and war zones. He added that abuse is 'particularly rife' in the Philippines and blamed a 'difficult culture' as being the route of the problem.
It comes in the wake of Oxfam being accused of failing to act on improving protections in place to safeguard teenagers working in its shops. The charity, which is the UK's fourth largest, has found itself the centre of allegations of sexual misconduct by its aid workers in Haiti and at homes funded by the organisation in Chad.
Penny Mordaunt, the International Development Secretary, said her department would set up a dedicated unit to "urgently review safeguarding across all parts of the aid sector".
The charity commission has said it will look into whether Oxfam is guilty of a cover-up over sexual abuse by its workers.