Since armed rebels seized control of Haiti's fourth largest
city, Gonaives, on February 5, 2004, and protests calling for President Aristide's resignation
culminated in his departure on February 29, there has been increasing concern about a looming
humanitarian crisis. With events on the ground constantly shifting and an increasing lack of security,
assessments of the humanitarian situation remain fluid and subject to change. This report covers
recent developments and the humanitarian response to the crisis by the United States and other
international actors. It will be updated as events warrant. For further information, see CRS Report RL32294, Haiti: Developments and U.S. Policy Since 1991 and Current Congressional Concerns,
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