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Maquoketa Students Will Head Home Soon, Relieving Worried Parents


Air travelers have struggled this week in Kenya after a fire tore through Nairobi airport.

The result, international passengers have been stranded including 26 people from Maquoketa trying to make their way home.

Club hOpe spent the past nine days building a school in Kenya.

Now they've been trying to figure out how to get the group on a plane headed for the U.S.

Parents have grown increasingly concerned because as each day passes firm travel plans seem impossible to get a hold off.

Maquoketa's superintendent now says the whole group will fly out of Kenya Saturday.

If all goes well the group should land in Chicago Sunday afternoon.

Relieving a stressful week for Maquoketa parents.

"It was no option, she was going, it was just going to be a life changing event for her and I believe it still is," says Mary Musel.

For Musel and Karen Intlekofers daughters, heading to Kenya was a must do trip. Both mother's supported it, until Wednesday's fire.

"That's when it all kind of started unraveling," says Intlekofer.

Renewing the departure plans proved to be difficult. Allowing the kids an extra few days in Africa, and causing a new level of anxiety for their parents.

"I kind of feel powerless as a parent, this is probably the first time in her life, that I've not been able to help," says Intlekofer.

International trips are not strange to Maquoketa High School. Superintendent Kim Huckstadt says kids have gone to France, Spain, and Kenya once before. Getting stuck there though,

"This is a first for something like this," says Huckstadt.

He made several phone calls to Senator Chuck Grassley and Representative Bruce Braley. Trying to get his group home together and soon. Sticking students on a plane in small groups wasn't an option.

"For most groups that's ok, but we could not send two or three from our group," says Huckstadt.

Now that plans have been made to get students back to Cardinal's country, both moms have relaxed. although any future international travel plans for their daughters don't seem promising.

"Not on my watch," says Intlekofer.

"Maybe when she's 25, 26, when she's an adult," says Musel.

An investigation into the fire at Nairobi airport has begun.

School starts in Maquoketa on Thursday.

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