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More pressure on Oxfam
as the Charity Commission launches
a statutory inquiry into claims
of sexual misconduct.
The claims relate to some relief
workers in Haiti in 2011
amid concerns that Oxfam did not
fully disclose all that it knew.
There were a lot of rumours
on the ground about management
and leaders exploiting the locals -
sexually and in other ways.
Oxfam's deputy chief
executive has resigned,
saying she's ashamed
of what happened, as the charity
insisted things had
changed since 2011.
We apologise to the British public
and to the Haitian public.
Secondly, we've made major steps
to improve since 2011.
We'll have the latest on the move
by the Charity Commission
and what it could mean for Oxfam.
Three Britons killed
in a helicopter crash
in the Grand Canyon have been named.
Another three Britons and the pilot
are being treated for injuries.
Despite a visit by the Prime
Minister and the Taoiseach, still no
agreement in Belfast on restoring
the devolved government
A special report on the people,
including thousands of children,
fleeing the violence
in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
It's a perilous journey from
the Congolese border to the
Some of these people
are using vessels that are not very
safe and in some cases
the lake is rough.
And, Team GB's Aimee Fuller feels
the force of the weather
at the Winter Olympics in South
And coming up on Sportsday on BBC
could Chelsea end their
two-game losing streak
in the Premier League with a win
against bottom club West Brom?
Within the past few hours,
the Charity Commission has launched
a statutory inquiry into Oxfam,
citing concerns that the charity
might not have fully
and frankly disclosed,
all the details about some
of its workers in Haiti in 2011.
Earlier today, Oxfam's deputy
chief executive resigned
of sexual misconduct
involving some of its staff.
Penny Lawrence said she took
and said she was ashamed this had
happened on her watch.
Our special correspondent
Lucy Manning reports.
Haiti's red light district.
Prostitution is illegal here,
but that didn't stop
some of Oxfam's aid workers.
The charity now admitting it knew -
knew about concerns about its team
and prostitutes, not just
in Haiti, but also in Chad,
and that nothing was done.
Widza Bryant worked in human
resources in Haiti for Oxfam
from 2009 for three years.
She says she flagged
concerns and was ignored.
There was a lot of rumours
on the ground about management
and leaders exploiting the locals,
sexually and in other ways, to get
jobs, and to have good standing.
So these were ongoing rumours that
would come to me through the drivers
and other employees.
So, on many occasions, I would share
those rumours with my boss.
The blame now stretching almost
to the top of Oxfam.
The charity's deputy
chief executive, Penny
Lawrence, now resigning.
She was programme director
when the prostitution allegations
were made and ignored.
She said, "I am ashamed this
happened on my watch and I take
The actions of senior Oxfam employee
Roland van Hauwermeiren in Chad
and Haiti never properly dealt with.
At that time, the use of prostitutes
was not explicitly contrary
to Oxfam's code of conduct.
Bringing Oxfam into disrepute,
in any way abusing people who may
have been beneficiaries,
of course, was.
So there was an exploration of how
should the organisation respond?
But we didn't act on it and,
more significantly, we allowed him -
because there weren't formal
complaints - we allowed him
to move onto another post,
and that was our failing.
So will there need to
be more resignations?
I still feel we have
not done enough.
If it is felt by those
who employ me that I am not doing
that forcefully enough,
or well enough, they will have my
Oxfam's bosses were called
in to meet ministers this
morning with question marks
about the £32 million the charity
receives from the Government.
Ministers here at the Department
for International Development know
British charities do good work
overseas, but with Oxfam only
telling half the story
about what happened with its staff
in Haiti, it has now put pressure
on the entire charity sector.
Oxfam says it investigated 87
allegations of sexual abuse
or exploitation last year.
Save the Children says it looked
into 31 cases of sexual misconduct,
where half the people were fired.
And Christian Aid said
it had two cases -
one was reported to the Charity
I don't think anybody
can say in good faith,
operating in an environment
like ours, that we can eliminate all
risk as a matter of 100% certainty.
What we can do is put in our 100%
best effort to keep these people out
of our organisation.
The Charity Commission says it
receives reports about 1,000
incidents involving safeguarding
from charities every year.
But a culture of cover-up not
the image charities want.
Lucy Manning, BBC News.
Let's get some reaction in Haiti
today and talk to our correspondent
Will Grant who is in Port-au-Prince.
Wahab Keith Hill been saying in
response to Oxfam's difficulties?
I've been speaking to some senior
government sources in Haiti and they
say they are going to watch an
investigation into the allegations
of abuse at Oxfam. They say they
fear it could be the tip of the
iceberg and they want to widen that
investigation into other aid
agencies operating in the country.
Of course, it's important to
remember the context when it comes
to Haiti, this is one of the poorest
countries in the world, the poorest
country in the Americas, and as such
is very reliant on foreign aid. If
Oxfam would leave altogether it
would have an impact on a lot of the
poorer small communities where Oxfam
operates. That said, a lot of the
Haitians I been speaking to have
expressed real anger at what they
see as impunity by international aid
agencies for the way they have
behaved here and it is clearly going
to take a long time for Oxfam to
recover its reputation in Haiti.
Many thanks for the latest, Will
Grant in Haiti with some of the
Our special correspondent
Lucy Manning is here.
As I was saying earlier, more
pressure on Oxfam tonight.
problems are mounting for Oxfam, the
Charity Commission that regulate
charities announced it is going to
investigate Oxfam to see whether
they did hand over all of the
information about these allegations
about the use of prostitutes in
Haiti in 2011. The European
Commission which funds Oxfam to the
tune of around £30 million a year
said that could stop if standards
are not met, and a difficult meeting
between the charities and the
Secretary of State Penny Mordaunt on
Oxfam apologising unreservedly,
saying it felt disgraced and shame
about what happened. She has given
it the rest of this week to sort out
how it will deal with any further
allegations. And scrutiny now for
all charities because she's written
to them all, all of those working
overseas, saying they need to make
sure that any allegations of sexual
abuse have been passed to the
relevant authorities. No doubt about
this, this is a real shock wave for
the charity sector.
thank you, our special
Relatives and friends
have been paying tribute
to three British tourists,
who were killed in a helicopter
crash in the Grand
Canyon at the weekend.
Becky Dobson and brothers
Stuart and Jason Hill,
all originally from Worthing
in West Sussex, died on Saturday.
Four survivors of the crash had
to wait several hours to be
rescued, as our correspondent
James Cook reports.
It's just before sunset
in the Grand Canyon
and a helicopter is ablaze.
On board were three British
couples and a local pilot.
Two men in white shirts
approach one of the
survivors, seen on the bottom
right of the picture.
Three of the tourists
died at the scene.
They were Stuart Hill, a Mercedes
salesman in Brighton who was
celebrating his 30th birthday.
And his girlfriend, Becky Dobson,
a receptionist from Worthing in
She was 27.
Stuart's brother Jason Hill,
a lawyer near Milton
Keynes, also died.
He was 32 years old.
His girlfriend survived.
Also on board were newlyweds seen
here on the left at their wedding
with Becky and Stuart. The friends
had been saving up for their holiday
for a year, all three who died had
attended Worthing College.
excellent night of the college they
have gone on with their passions to
enjoy their young lives, going
through their careers as they have
wanted and to get to the stage in
their life and die so young is just
In the minutes after
the crash passengers and crew from
other helicopters in the area rushed
to help. They included a nurse,
When we finally got
some medical equipment down there I
started helping putting in IV lines
and another crew came with pain
medication so I started
administering that, gave them fluids
to help prevent them going to shock,
kept a really close eye and did what
I could do.
The helicopter took off
from Boulder city in Nevada
travelling through the Grand Canyon
and crashed in the remote
quartermaster Canyon in Arizona at
5:20pm. A dust storm at rescue teams
had to walk to the scene. It was
2am, nearly nine hours later before
the survivors were flown to
We were not able to
extract everybody from the crash
site until 2am this morning. High
winds, brownout dust conditions,
rugged terrain, and as you know,
when you fly in treacherous
conditions like this you have to
have special training and special
The Grand Canyon is
attractive because it is untamed,
drawing visitors from all over the
world. The tour company Papillion
Airways flies around 600,000 people
a year, this crash involving a Euro
copter EC 130 is the firm's second
fiddle accident here. The three
British survivors and pilot are
being treated at this hospital in
Las Vegas, all four said to be in
critical condition. Investigators
are at the hospital and I just spoke
to them. They have made contact with
all four survivors and they are
preparing to take statements. As for
the families, they have been being
done at paying tribute, the father
of Becky Dobson said his daughter
was full of life and always happy,
and the father of Stuart and Jason
Hill said his sons loved one another
and were very close and took some
small comfort from knowing that they
died together. James, many thanks
for the latest in Las Vegas, James
Cook, our correspondent.
In South Africa, leaders
of the ruling party, the ANC,
have been meeting to decide the fate
of President Jacob Zuma.
He's been resisting
calls to stand down
amid allegations of corruption.
But over the weekend the party's
new leader, Cyril Ramaphosa,
said the question of his position
would be finalised today.
Our Africa editor Fergal
Keane is in Pretoria.
Has it been finalised?
There is a
sense of high political drama
tonight here, reliable sources at
that meeting are saying that
President Zuma has been given 48
hours to resign. Just about an hour
ago, the ANC President Cyril
Ramaphosa left here in a convoy and
apparently went to the residence of
President Zuma to deliver that
message. Within the last few minutes
he has returned, possibly with a
response. Now, if President Zuma
agrees to resign there should be a
relatively calm, smooth transition.
But if he says no, the ANC is faced
with the possibility of either
having to move a motion of
no-confidence against him in
parliament, or impeach him. That
would risk splitting apart Africa's
oldest liberation movement and into
this country a new element of
instability. We are waiting here. It
could go on for more hours. They
have already been talking for ten
hours but there is a sense that
momentous decisions are on the way.
Many thanks for the update in
Pretoria, Fergal Keane, our Africa
A brief look at some of the day's
other other news stories.
London City Airport remains closed,
after an unexploded bomb
from the Second World War was found
in the River Thames,
not far from the runway.
It was discovered in the early
hours of Sunday morning
forcing the evacuation
of the neighbouring area.
Work to dispose of the device should
be completed by tomorrow.
Barclays Bank has been fined
by the Serious Fraud Office
in relation to a £2.2 billion loan,
provided to the state
of Qatar in 2008.
The bank has been accused
of unlawful financial assistance,
which is banned in the UK.
Its parent company Barclays
was charged with the same
A government report suggests
politicians and industry leaders
have exaggerated the potential
of fracking for gas in the UK.
The industry said a fracking
boom would see 4,000
wells drilled by 2032.
But a newly-released document
predicts fewer than 200 wells
will be constructed
in the next seven years.
British tourists will be
able to resume package
holidays to Tunisia
from tomorrow for the first time
since a terror attack claimed
the lives of 38 people
at a beach resort in 2015.
The first fully booked flights
from Manchester and Birmingham
will be operated by Thomas Cook.
Our security correspondent
Frank Gardner has just
returned from Tunisia,
with this exclusive report.
Tunis by night, and a National Guard
unit prepares to raid
a suspected terrorist hideout.
Since two devastating attacks
in 2015, this country has found
-- vowed to stamp out terrorism
and make Tunisia safe for tourists.
Well, they've just gone
into a house here.
We can hear some shouts.
We're in a tiny little backstreet,
and they're looking for members
of an Isis cell that has been
in Libya, they suspect, so the whole
street is flooded with these armed
National Guard soldiers.
Three years ago, on this beach
near Sousse, an Isis gunman
shot dead 38 people,
30 of them British.
Now, Tunisia is getting training
from Royal Navy instructors
in maritime security,
while Met Police detectives have
been training up hotel staff.
At four key airports,
British aviation experts have
installed new screening equipment.
So I asked Britain's ambassador,
how safe is it now?
Well, no country is 100% safe,
as we saw with the tragic attacks
in London and Manchester last year.
But it is safer here
than it was in 2015,
because the Tunisians'
capability has improved.
In the resort town of Hammamet,
where Thomas Cook is taking
the first returning British
tourists, I asked the hotel manager
what precautions he's taking.
We have around 60 cameras
all around the hotel.
The exterior cameras
are all monitored 24 hours
by persons behind the screens.
But Tunisia sits in
a dangerous neighbourhood.
Across this border, Libya
is in chaos, and Isis has bases.
The Manchester bomber trained in
Libya, and so did the Sousse gunman.
Back in the capital Tunis,
the night raid yields results.
Suspects are arrested
and will now face trial.
Tunisia has made huge
progress against terrorism,
but if its tourist industry
is to recover fully,
it will need to stay vigilant.
Frank Gardner, BBC News, Tunisia.
The Prime Minister says there is the
basis of an agreement to restore
power-sharing in Northern Ireland
soon. She and the Taoiseach held
talks at Stormont in an attempt to
end the deadlock over key issues
including the status of the Irish
language. Our island correspondent
has the latest. The Prime Minister
began her visit to Belfast at a
place that was recently the seed of
an unexpected victory. Hundreds of
jobs had been under threat at the
aircraft manufacturer Bombardier.
They are safe now after winning a
trade dispute against Boeing in the
US. Theresa May came to Northern
Ireland looking for another win.
Talks to restore Stormont are at a
I have urged the
parties to make the final push to
see if we can get an executive up
and running. I believe there is the
basis of an agreement and it should
be possible to see an executive in
Northern Ireland very soon.
joined by the Taoiseach, who shares
The differences that
exist between DUP and Sinn Fein are
not insurmountable and we are
hopeful they will come to agreement
The main sticking point
has been whether there should be a
new law to protect and promote the
Irish language. For speakers, Irish
is about identity and culture and
history and they believe it needs
It needs equality
and to be on the same level of the
languages in Scotland and Wales. It
needs to be on an equal footing.
unionist areas there is suspicion
and even hostility towards the idea.
Here on the Shankill Road in west
Belfast, people are strongly
This is a British country,
not an Irish country.
I think it is
terrible. The Irish language has
been a sensitive and symbolic issue
in this long political crisis but
there are other differences between
the parties, notably Sinn Fein want
to legalise same-sex marriage and
the DUP do not. There are
disagreements over how the unsolved
killings from the troubles should be
investigated. The Irish border is a
significant matter in the Brexit
negotiations, which is one reason
parties say they want devolution
It is about finding an
accommodation that recognises the
need to respect all languages and
cultures in Northern Ireland.
issues have been difficult but they
were never beyond resolution. What
we want is to finalise a deal.
Theresa May left with the Stormont
situation still unresolved but the
mood improved. Events in the next
few days will determine whether
The United Nations says
it is gravely concerned
about the escalating violence
in the Democratic Republic of Congo,
with thousands fleeing the northeast
of the country, because of
the continuing conflict
between ethnic groups.
The humanitarian situation
across the country has drastically
worsened over the past year -
in total, some five million people
have been displaced.
Fighting has flared up
across three provinces,
the latest in Ituri,
where more than 20,000 people have
fled into neighbouring
Uganda since Friday.
Our deputy Africa editor Anne Soy
sent this special report, which does
contain some distressing images.
This shore has become a safe haven.
Thousands of Congolese cross
Lake Albert every day,
forced to run from ethnic violence.
They carry what they can.
More than half of those
fleeing are children.
It is a perilous journey
from the Congolese border
to the Ugandan side.
Some of these people
are using vessels that are not
very safe, and in some
cases, the lake is rough.
We have heard reports of vessels
like this one capsizing.
But desperate refugees
have little choice.
They either risk being
attacked and killed at home
or dying in the water.
People on this canoe almost made it.
It sank just before
it reached the shore.
Four of those on board drowned.
The body of this three year
old was later washed up on shore.
Only his father survived.
I was travelling
with my brother, my son
and two of people.
I swam to the shore after heavy
winds overturned our canoe.
The pain of losing an only child.
His mother came on a different boat.
She was waiting to
receive him here, alive.
47-year-old Emile Nguzuma
says his family hid in the bush
when their village was attacked.
When they came out, he found four
of his children had been butchered.
Fearing further attacks,
he took the remaining
eight children and fled.
We could not bury them.
The enemy doesn't like
us burying our dead.
They chop them up.
You cannot even recognise them.
I am sad.
My heart is troubled.
I don't know what we
did to wrong them.
Many here have harrowing stories.
This man tells me 16 members
of his extended family were killed.
The death toll from the clashes
across the border is still unknown.
This is the largest refugee flight
from DRC's Ituri area since the last
ethnic massacre nearly 20 years ago.
More than 60,000 people
were killed then.
Conflict has kept these residents
of one of the eastern region poor,
and the current flare-up has now
given them a deeper
Aid organisations are scrambling
to deal with the influx.
What are the tags for?
To make sure that we have accurate
numbers in relation to how many
people come through.
Because we move people so quickly,
we don't want to lose them,
and this way we also don't want
people joining on.
From the testimonies we have had,
there are many more Congolese
gathered on the other side
of the border, so it is expected
in the coming days, refugees
will continue to arrive
here in large numbers.
Here they hope for a new beginning.
For some, like this mother of three,
this is now their new home.
Her country of birth
robbed her of her husband.
She has vowed never to go back.
The minister in charge
of persuading more couples
to share their parental leave has
revealed he's not allowed
to take part in the scheme.
The business minister
who is due to become a father
in April, said that as an office
holder rather than an employee,
he was not eligible.
His comments were made
as the government launched
a new publicity drive
to encourage a higher take-up
of shared parental leave,
which currently stands
at an estimated 2%,
as our correspondent
Elaine Dunkley reports.
Charlotte and David take it in terms
to read James a bedtime story. All
childcare is split 50-50 and so was
parental leave, with both deciding
to take six months off work.
both of us felt it would be nice to
post have the opportunity to bond
with the baby in the first year. But
also for both of us to have the
chance to go back to work. So that
neither of us had to really choose
as much, make such a stark choice.
There is a strong thought that mums
stay at home and look after the
kids. I think we felt strongly that
was not what we wanted.
couples are eligible to take shared
parental leave every year and it
allows them to share 50 weeks of
leave and off that 50 they can be
paid for 37 weeks, but the
government estimates the take-up
could be as low as 2%. Andrew
Griffiths the Business Minister in
charge of the policy is due to be a
father in April but admitted he will
not be able to take advantage of the
Ministers are not allowed to
take shared parental leave. I am now
I think going to be... It is because
I am an office holder, not an
employee you're not allowed?
How can you say it without
laughing? For most, a ministerial
role is not the issue. Cultural and
financial reasons play a part. It is
paid out £141 a week, roughly half
the national living wage so for many
families it is hard to think that
the mother will lose her wage for a
number of weeks and months but
particularly for the couples where
he is the higher wage earner it
becomes difficult to budget at that
Sharing parental leave is a
personal and professional decision.
I was there for his important
milestones, crawling, walking, not
just hearing about him walking and
talking, I was the one he was
walking towards with his first
The government plans to spend
1.5 million to publicise the scheme
but it is the financial cost to
families that is the biggest
The singer Vic Damone has
died at the age of 89.
Best known for the hits
You're Breaking My Heart
and On the Street Where You Live,
he was part of the golden age
of singers who came to fame
after the Second World War,
including Frank Sinatra,
Tony Bennett and Dean Martin.
High winds have disrupted the Winter
Olympic Games in Pyeongchang,
where the final of the women's giant
slalom had to be postponed
and conditions in the women's
slopestyle final were described
as 'absolutely brutal'.
The Team GB snowboarder Aimee Fuller
was one of those whose
performance was affected -
she crashed on her final jump
and finished in 17th position.
From Pyeongchang, our
Andy Swiss reports.
Just getting to the
start was a struggle.
Howling winds for the women's
snowboarders and soon
a blizzard of controversy.
Instead of postponing, they went
ahead, with calamitous results.
Oh, goodness me.
Quite how no one was injured,
especially Slovakia's Klaudia
Medlova, almost defied belief,
as one after another,
their hopes crash landed.
All of the 25 riders fell
at some point, including
Britain's Aimee Fuller.
The wind forced her to pull out
of a jump on her first run,
which meant on the second
it was all or nothing,
and, agonisingly, it was the latter.
Fuller finished 17th, but,
more importantly, intact.
The conditions, she said,
were simply brutal.
It felt like I had
a sailboat under my board.
The wind just ripped me sideways.
There was not a chance
I was going to land.
So, yeah, devastated.
Amidst the chaos, America's Jamie
Anderson kept her balance
and her Olympic title.
Organisers felt it had been safe
to start the final, but was it?
The coaches and judges,
they all have a chat together
and they make a decision
at the top of the slope.
And I wonder what went on in that
conversation, why somebody didn't
say, let's postpone this.
These biting winds have already
blown the schedule off course.
Today's women's giant slalom
had to be postponed,
and with more high winds forecast
tomorrow, there could
be more disruption.
For now, though, there will be
relief no one was badly hurt,
on a day when extreme sport
certainly lived up to its name.
Andy Swiss, BBC News, Pyeongchang.
Early morning here and organisers
will keep their fingers crossed for
the weather. The wind is howling
already but the good news for
spectators is temperatures are
forecast to rise. Could this be the
day Team GB win their first medal?
Speed skater Elise Christie going
for gold in the 500 metres. Elise
Christie is a triple world champion
and probably Britain's best hope of
a medal at these games. She is
competing in three events and the
500 metres probably her least
favoured but she looked impressive
in qualifying where she set an
Olympic record. Four years ago in
Sochi she was disqualified for all
three events and she received death
threats and thought about quitting
but she is back with a real chance
of a gold medal. Team GB are
targeting their best ever Winter
Olympics performance between four
and ten medals. They have had a
disappointment so far, particularly
in snowboarding, but they will be
hopeful Elise Christie can finally
get them off the mark. Looking
forward to it. Thank you, Andy.
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