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WHO to probe ‘sexual exploitation’ by aid workers in DR Congo

World Health Organization  has made a promise to investigate allegations that aid workers tackling the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo sexually abused and exploited women.

Accusations were leveled against WHO and other aid agency staff by 50 women in a joint investigation by two news agencies.

Local women were allegedly plied with drinks, “ambushed” in hospitals, forced to have sex, and two became pregnant.

The foregoing allegations cover the period between 2018 and March this year 2020.

The New Humanitarian news agency and the Thomson Reuters Foundation have conducted  almost year-long investigation.

The World Health Organization said the allegations would be “robustly investigated”.

“Anyone identified as being involved will be held to account and face serious consequences, including immediate dismissal,” it said in a statement.

“The betrayal of people in the communities we serve is reprehensible.”

Source; BBC

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