Many victims endured sexual abuse during the Ebola crisis in the region had reportedly received only 250 dollars in compensation and were required to take training courses to obtain the money.
Reports suggest that this compensation is significantly less than the daily allowance received by the agency’s staff members working in Congo. Critics have pointed out that more than half of the agency’s budget allocated for prevention of such misconduct is used for staff costs rather than direct victim support.
The victims primarily seek accountability, demanding that the agency take significant steps against the perpetrators to prevent similar future misconduct. Meanwhile, the agency has reiterated its commitment to improving its support services for survivors and holding perpetrators accountable. Despite the agency’s assurances, trust in the organization has been significantly eroded within the local community.