Letter from Africa: In defence of aid workers’ lives of luxury

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Aid workers have been under intense scrutiny since revelations emerged about Oxfam in Haiti

In our series of letters from African writers, Ghanaian journalist Elizabeth Ohene reflects on her interactions with aid agencies in crisis zones.

At my age, every new event sends my mind reeling back into the past. Not surprising, therefore, that the ongoing Oxfam scandal has sent me thinking of past events.

When the story first broke that Oxfam workers had “used prostitutes and held sex parties” in Haiti, I must confess, I was a touch underwhelmed. I had never imagined charity workers had…

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