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Oxfam probes Haiti misconduct claim

Staff working for Oxfam GB in Haiti have been suspended amid allegations of misconduct, the charity has said.

An internal investigation has been launched into the alleged actions of a "small number" of its workers in the Caribbean country. They are not thought to be British nationals.

Oxfam GB chief executive Barbara Stocking said: "Oxfam never tolerates misconduct by our aid workers.

"We will take forceful and immediate action pending the outcome of the investigation.

"We will continue our work with poor communities and be accountable to those who need assistance in Haiti."

The investigation is expected to be completed by the beginning of September, a spokeswoman for the charity said. Police are not believed to be involved.

Oxfam has been working in Haiti since 1978. It helped about 700,000 people in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake that hit the country in January 2010.

More than 500,000 Haitians have been further assisted by Oxfam's cholera response programme.

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