The Oxfam crisis: reactions from the twittersphere

No one is defending the specifics of the case, but the organisation as a whole has been defended by many for its international work down the years

As the scandal engulfing Oxfam intensified over the weekend, many in the sector and beyond have given their views on the news that staff at the international aid organisation paid for sex in Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake there in 2010.

As expected, there has been much disgust and anger about the behaviour of individuals who used sex workers as well as the conduct of Oxfam itself in addressing the issue, but behind that criticism have been hopes that the affair will lead to improvements in the sector.

The reputation of Oxfam has clearly been hugely damaged, but many commentators have also stressed that the important work the charity does in difficult and challenging environments should not be dismissed.

Meanwhile, others raised concerns and suspicions about the motives behind the headlines coming soon after Oxfam had criticised current capitalist systems and in turn come under attack for that, notably from former charities minister Rob Wilson, as well as prominent Conservative back-bencher Jacob Rees-Mogg handing in a petition to Downing Street last Thursday demanding overseas aid be slashed.

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