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Allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse in the DRC by aid workers examined

8 October 2020

The International Development Committee will be holding a further oral evidence session as part of the inquiry, Sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector: next steps.

Witnesses

Tuesday 13 October 2020 (Virtual)

  • Please note there is no physical access to Parliament
  • Session will be conducted with remote participation by witnesses and Committee members

At 2.30pm

  • Paisley Dodds, Investigations Editor, The New Humanitarian
  • Philip Kleinfeld, Deputy Africa Editor, The New Humanitarian
  • Robert Flummerfelt, Investigative Journalist and Independent Researcher
  • Nellie Peyton, West Africa Correspondent, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Purpose of the Session

The session will hear from journalists responsible for unearthing the recent revelation of local women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) being sexually exploited and abused by aid workers responding to the Ebola crisis. It has been alleged that the aid workers were from the World Health Organisation (WHO), Oxfam and World Vision among others. The journalists’ investigation found that most cases of exploitation were not reported to the organisations implicated.

Further information

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