>> In your interview with the guard->> The leaders of scandal-stricken charity Oxfam have appeared before British lawmakers. It comes after reports members of the international charity staff paid for sex in Haiti in 2011. Their first act, to apologize.>> Please allow me to begin by saying how sorry I am about what has happened.
I'm ashamed.>> But even that hasn't gone smoothly. Oxfam's chief executive was forced on the defensive for saying condemnation over the abused case was disproportionate. He was quoted in the UK media saying it had not murdered babies in their cots.>> I should not have said those things.
It is not for Oxfam to judge issues of proportionality or motivation. I repeat Oxfam's broader apology and my personal apology. I am sorry. We are sorry for the damage that Oxfam has done.>> At this hearing, Oxfam said it was investigating 26 further cases of misconducted reported since the scandal broke.
On Monday, the charity released an internal report that found its country director in Haiti had used prostitutes during a relief mission. Officials in Haiti have accused Oxfam of hiding information from authorities. The country's government is now planning a wide-reaching investigation into all charitable operations there. Allegations of misconduct have shaken the aid sector.
Oxfam on Tuesday apologized for undermining public trust in such work. But it also appears to be bearing the brunt of the fallout. The charity says 7,000 donors have cancelled their payments in just 10 days.