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Congo: WHO Regional Director for Africa condemns, Says Alleged Sex Abuse by aid staff is “Heartbreaking”
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Posted on October 1, 2020, 10:18 am
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Following allegations that World Health Organization’s-WHO aid workers sexually abused women while tackling Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been termed “heartbreaking” by Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO's regional director for Africa.

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“The allegations of sexual exploitation & abuse by aid workers in #DRC #Ebola response are heartbreaking. I will do all in my power to ensure a timely, fair & transparent investigation. Anyone identified as being involved will face serious consequences.” the regional twitted.

The regional director has however pledged to ensure a timely, fair and transparent investigation. According to her serious consequences awaits those found guilty.

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The allegation was made following a year-long investigation by two agencies: New Humanitarian and the Thomson Reuters Foundation which at the end revealed that aid workers who identified themselves as WHO staff sexually abused women in the DRC while tackling the Ebola outbreak. The allegations cover the period between 2018 and March this year, 2020.

 “All my life as a woman, doctor, leader, mother & health worker, I have fought against gender inequality, sexual harassment & abuse. When I became @WHO Regional Director for #Africa, I committed to advancing women’s careers & interests in the workplace.” she wrote on another tweet.

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Reports show that the two investigative agencies spoke to 50 local women “who were allegedly plied with drinks, "ambushed" in hospitals, forced to have sex, and two became pregnant.” BBC has reported.

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Meanwhile, Dr. Moeti has promised to ensure that the mechanisms of reporting such acts are corrected across the continent.

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