Actress Minnie Driver steps down as Oxfam ambassador

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South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu stepped down as an ambassador for Oxfam on Thursday, citing disappointment at the British aid agency's embroilment in a sex scandal involving staff in Haiti after a massive 2010 natural disaster.

MSF- doctors without borders in English- have released figures about sexual harassment complaints to show transparency in the wake of the Oxfam scandal.

In his first interview since being accused of hosting sex parties with prostitutes while working in the country in the aftermath of the devastating natural disaster, Roland van Hauwermeiren claimed many would be "embarrassed" when he finally told his version of events.

Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima said the charity is not where it needs to be.

It added that it had undertaken an investigation and that Charity Commission had confirmed it had taken "appropriate" action.

She said: "It's a complete betrayal, both of the people Oxfam were there to help and also the people who were sent there to do that job - it's a scandal".

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An Oxfam spokeswoman on Wednesday said the aid agency had received 1,270 cancellations of donations by direct debit between Saturday and Monday - compared to a normal monthly average of 600.

The staff were based in the country's capital Port-au-Prince in 2010 after a huge natural disaster which killed 220,000 people and left a further 1.5m homeless. Four members of staff were dismissed and three, including county director Roland van Hauwermeiren, resigned before the end of the probe. Or to the British people - who they've conned and let down. They did not inform donors, their regulator or prosecuting authorities.

In a statement, his office said: "Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has supported Oxfam International's good work for many years, most recently as one of its global ambassadors".

Then she repeated one of the key accusations, one that Oxfam has said was unproven in its investigation into the scandal: that some of the victims were underage.

He is not the first Oxfam ambassador to step down from their post for the charity following the allegations.

Several sponsors and partners of Oxfam including Visa and the retail chain Marks and Spencer have also said they are examining the situation.