Within Save the Children, an internal letter denouncing the award as “morally reprehensible” gathered nearly 200 signatures, including from some senior staff members, the Guardian reports.
“We consider this award inappropriate and a betrayal to Save the Children’s founding principles and values,” the letter states. “Management staff in the region were not communicated with nor consulted about the award and were caught by surprise with this decision.”
Staff warned that the award threatens the credibility of Save the Children, given that figures at the head of the charity have close ties with Blair, including John Forsyth, UK chief executive for Save the Children, who was a special adviser to Blair for three years.
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Krista Armstrong, global media manager for the charity, reportedly told the Guardian last week that Save the Children has received a “high volume of complaints and negative reactions to rewarding the award.”
Blair was also awarded as “philanthropist of the year” by GQ in September—a decision that was also met with widespread criticism and shock.
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