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  UN wants help for Haitian people
Updated 28 February 2004, 16.08
People are trying to flee from Haiti
The United Nations is getting very worried about people who are trying to escape the violence in Haiti.

Rebels in Haiti who don't like the way it is being run are trying to force out President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Gangs who support the president are reported to fighting the rebels on the streets and lots of people who aren't on either side are stuck in the middle.

The UN are worried that some nearby countries might force people escaping Haiti to go back to the violence there.

Rebels want president to quit

Some Haitians have tried to flee on boats, but the US coastguard has made them turn round and go home.

Map of Haiti
Other nearby countries Cuba, Jamaica and Canada have said they will not make people go back at the moment.

The rebels have taken control of all the country's major cities except the capital Port-au-Prince.

The are trying to force the president to resign as Haiti's leader but he says has no intention of doing so.

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