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August 15, 2013

Braley welcomes Maquoketa students home

MAQUOKETA — Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, on Wednesday traveled to Maquoketa to personally welcome home a group of students who were stranded in Nairobi, Kenya, after a fire destroyed a large part of the airport there last week.

Braley and his staff were able to work with Delta Airlines to get the group a return flight home to the United States on Sunday.

Braley had lunch with the students at Maquoketa High School and spoke with them about their service trip.

“These students traveled to Kenya to participate in some very inspiring service projects.

“It was great to be able to talk with these students and hear about their work and what they learned while they were abroad,” Braley said.

“And even though the end of their trip didn’t go exactly as planned, I’m glad my staff and I were able to find a solution that got everyone home to Iowa in a safe and timely manner.”

Last week, the group of 26 Maquoketa High School students and adult chaperones, part of the group Club Hope, were on a week-long service trip to Kenya and were scheduled to fly out of Nairobi last Wednesday.

However, a massive fire destroyed the international airport in Nairobi, wreaking havoc on international travel in the country.

After working with Delta Airlines, Braley and his staff were able to secure the entire group’s reservations on a flight home.

They flew out of Nairobi on Saturday night, arriving in Chicago on Sunday afternoon and returning to Maquoketa on Sunday evening.

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