Whittier Christian High School volunteers on their way to Liberia recall experience at Brussels airport during terror attack

1258995_630x354A group of local volunteers were at the Brussels airport when explosions in a deadly terror attack went off Tuesday morning.

The students from Whittier Christian High School and a few from Friends Christian School were on their way to Liberia to help out and do work with Ebola orphans. They had just arrived when the bombs went off.

The students posted a video on YouTube and personal vlog page with an update. Taryne Renee, an alumna of the high school, said the group was being taken care of by the Red Cross at a makeshift shelter in a Belgian warehouse.

“We just feel very lucky that none of us were hurt and were able to get out of there,” she said.

After the attacks, Renee immediately texted her parents that she and her brother were OK. Her father told Eyewitness News he got her text even before he know about the bombings.

“I didn’t really understand the gravity of it until I turned on the news a little bit later and saw what was actually happening,” Rolland Esslinger said. “It was frightening. I mean knowing that my kids were there and the group we send to Liberia…I’m normally with them so I had a lot of different emotions of wanting to be there helping and not knowing what to do and us being so far away.” READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.