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Six Tuskegee University students stuck in Africa following the Ebola outbreak will be returning home August 17. Six Tuskegee University students stuck in Africa following the Ebola outbreak will be returning home August 17.
TUSKEGEE, Ala. -

Six Tuskegee University students stuck in Africa after the Ebola outbreak lead to the cancellation of their flight will be returning home, the school confirmed Wednesday.

The school confirms the six students on a missionary trip to Liberia will be allowed to begin their two day trip back home August 17. They will travel to Ghana before boarding a flight back to the U.S.

An online social campaign started on the Web site change.org after the school announced Tuesday the British Airways flight the students were originally scheduled to return on had been canceled due to the "deteriorating public health situation," the school said in a public statement Tuesday. Supporters started an online petition asking British Airways and the United States government to find a way to fly the students home. By Wednesday, over a thousand on signed the online petition.

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"Thank you everyone for your support!!!," the petition page said Thursday after the news broke. "All six students are completely healthy and will be departing Monrovia, Liberia on August 17."

"We are grateful to our Liberian host for ensuring the care and safety of our students during their study abroad experience." school President Dr. Brian Johnson said Thursday.

Students will miss the start of fall classes but the school is making special accommodations to help them ease into their schedules.

By Thursday morning, nearly a thousand people had died from Ebola cases across four western African countries.

James Brierton

James joined WRBL News 3 with experience from CNN, NBC News and his own hyper-local news site. He manages the WRBL News 3 Web desk. More>>

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