Sunday 19 August 2018

Annie Lennox will ‘stay loyal’ to Oxfam

The singer has said she will continue to support the charity after reports that former staff paid for sex in Haiti.

Annie Lennox has vowed to continue supporting Oxfam (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
Annie Lennox has vowed to continue supporting Oxfam (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

By Rachael Burnett, Press Association

Global Oxfam ambassador Annie Lennox has vowed she is “not going to walk away” from the charity in the wake of the aid worker sex scandal.

Lennox, 63, has said she is “staying loyal to them” as Oxfam GB was temporarily suspended in Haiti pending an investigation into how the charity handled the case of former staff paying for sex.

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The former Eurythmics singer supported Oxfam’s Haiti appeal at the time, and has praised their “extraordinary work” across the world.

“From what I’ve understood, Oxfam did their best to respond, but clearly what they did or didn’t do was terribly flawed,” she told The Sunday Times magazine.

“They’ve admitted that, and now they need to be absolutely rigorous.”

She said the charity is often “the first to be there” after a crisis.

It would be an absolute tragedy for millions of people across the world if Oxfam were no longer to function properly because their funding was cut Lennox

Lennox said her women’s network, the Circle – founded with Oxfam’s help, would stop working with the charity if it does not improve.

“It would be an absolute tragedy for millions of people across the world if Oxfam were no longer to function properly because their funding was cut,” she added.

“So I am not going to walk away from Oxfam because this has happened.”

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