The students and advisor went to Liberia on an educational bridge program. (Source: Tuskegee University)
TUSKEGEE, AL (WAFF) -
Six Tuskegee University students in Liberia on an educational bridge program are reportedly stuck in the area after airlines withdrew travel from the area due to the Ebola outbreak.
The university's website said the group's trip was expected to last from June 29 to Aug. 10. However, British Airways and other European airlines said on Tuesday they are halting all fights in or out of the region due to the increased concerns over the outbreak.
WSFA confirmed Tuesday evening that travel arrangements for the Tuskegee group had been halted as a result of the travel advisories.
Friends and family of the students stranded in Liberia have taken to social media, calling for help in getting the group back to the United States.
A spokesperson told WSFA the university has been in communication with both the students and their families, that the students are in good spirits and are not ill. However, it is unclear when the students will be able to leave.
One of the students, who university officials declined to name, said in a statement, "We are all really grateful for the study abroad experience. We are just ready to be with our Tuskegee family and friends."
The university said they will "make every effort" to accommodate the students when they return for the Fall 2014 semester, and that they are in contact with parties at the national and international level to help expedite their return home.
They're meeting with British Airways on Wednesday to see if they can speed up the process to get the students home.
The World Health Organization said Monday that deaths in the West African countries attributed to Ebola, including Liberia, neared 900.