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Congo to investigate ‘jobs-for-sex’ accusations during Ebola outbreak

Congo to investigate ‘jobs-for-sex’ accusations during Ebola outbreak

NELLIE PEYTON  DEMOCRATIC Republic of Congo will investigate accusations of sexual exploitation and abuse by aid workers that were uncovered by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and The New Humanitarian, the country's health minister has announced. Five U.N. agencies and international NGOs have also launched inquiries after 51 women accused mainly foreign aid workers of demanding sex in exchange for jobs during the 2018-2020 Ebola crisis. "We are sending a team next week to investigate," Congo's health minister, Eteni Longondo, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. "The aim is to know the truth and understand exactly what happened, and then we can…
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Congo ‘jobs-for-sex’ expose prompts calls for greater scrutiny of aid workers

Congo ‘jobs-for-sex’ expose prompts calls for greater scrutiny of aid workers

NELLIE PEYTON VETTING aid workers more closely and giving women more power is critical to tackle sex abuse in humanitarian crises as exposed in a joint investigation by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and The New Humanitarian, aid experts said on Wednesday. In the expose, 51 women recounted multiple incidents of abuse by mainly foreign aid workers during the 2018-2020 Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, many saying men demanded sex to get a job or ended contracts if they refused. At least 30 women said workers from the World Health Organization (WHO) were involved and women also reported…
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