Iowa group stranded in Kenya to return home

MAQUOKETA, Iowa (AP) — Students, teachers and parents from an Iowa high school that were stranded after an airport fire in east Africa will return home Sunday.

U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley’s office says most of the group of 26 from Maquoketa High School in eastern Iowa has been secured on a flight that leaves Nairobi Saturday night. Two chaperones may have to take a flight that leaves in the morning.

The Democrat’s office says they worked with Delta Airlines to secure the flights.

The group, which was on a weeklong mission trip, was scheduled to leave Africa on Wednesday. But a fire at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport halted international flights. The volunteer organization in Africa that worked with the group made accommodations for them to stay an extra few days.

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