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Some Raleigh students return home after Haiti mission trip disrupted by protests

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - Thursday morning, nearly half a dozen teenagers returned to Raleigh after being unable to travel back home from Haiti where demonstrations broke out early last week.

The high school students were there with a mission group through White Memorial Presbyterian Church working with a vacation bible school program.

Parents and families waiting overnight let out a collective sigh of relief when their kids made it to Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

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"Its been a little stressful I would say," explained mom,Jennifer Brinson, who worried for the group's safety. "I think I've had more text messages on my phone than I've ever had in my life the last three or four days."

Half of the 28 students and eight chaperones returned, while the rest will get on two flights set to arrive late Thursday.

Fairly soon after the group arrived, Haiti's capital, Port-Au-Prince shut down with demonstrations against the Haitian government and its proposed fuel price hike upwards of 30 to 50 percent.

One student described to CBS 17 what he saw and what he says is next.

"It was like — I could see the smoke of the burning tires," Charlie Queen said. "I definitely want to go back and help out because I didn't get to fully, but I definitely want to go back and help out those kids, really nice kids."

Barring any weather delays or protests blocking the airport, parents and organizers expect the remaining members of the missionary group to return on two separate flights Thursday.


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