North Carolina Students Return Home

by Laurence on 3/25/2005

The News & Observer reports that ten Durham, North Carolina high school students on a field trip to Kyrgyzstan are back in the USA.

Ten Durham high school students visiting the central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan were whisked to the airport Thursday to catch a flight home after opposition forces stormed the capital, Bishkek, and ousted the nation’s president.

The Riverside High students were supposed to arrive at Raleigh-Durham International Airport at 7:45 p.m. today, but Bishkek’s airport was temporarily closed amid the turmoil. Parents were informed the flight would be delayed at least four hours.

The students and two teachers arrived in the former Soviet republic Sunday for a three-week visit. On Wednesday, the trip’s organizers told parents the students were safe and that there were no plans to evacuate them from Bishkek, where they were staying. But the State Department issued a travel warning and told the students — whose exchange program was funded by the agency — they had to leave the country.

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