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Hi, this is Michelle. In 2020, The New Humanitarian uncovered a sex abuse scandal involving aid workers working on the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Today, we hear from our colleagues about what the WHO has done to compensate victims.

In other news, as the world marked international women’s day yesterday, the UN chief warned that women’s rights are regressing across the globe. Plus, a humanitarian NGO in Geneva defends the need to talk to the Taliban in the hopes of bringing about change in Afghanistan.

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WHO sex abuse victims say help is too little too late. Two years after surviving sexual abuse by WHO workers during the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, several women say they have received little to no support despite promises from the UN health agency. Compensation has come in the form of one-time payments of $250, as well as toiletries and entrepreneurship courses. For the women, some of whom have children to care for as a result of the abuse, this is far from enough to rebuild their lives. Since the scandal was uncovered by The New Humanitarian in 2020, the WHO has taken steps to address sexual abuse complaints and recently unveiled its new policy to address gaps in its procedures.

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