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9/25/2002 - Abidjan, Ivory Coast

MISSIONARY KIDS AWAIT RESCUE AT SCHOOL IN EMBATTLED IVORY COAST

U-S troops have arrived in Ghana, to help protect Americans caught up in fighting in neighboring Ivory Coast. In all, four U-S military planes are expected to land in Ghana.

The United States says it's sending about 200 soldiers to aid the Americans, including 100 schoolchildren, who are pinned down by Ivory Coast's military uprising. The children are in Ivory Coast's second-largest city, which is in rebel hands. But government troops are moving in to retake Bouake (BWAH'-kay).

Until a coup in 1999, Ivory Coast was one of Africa's most stable countries. Neil Gilliland of Free Will Baptist Foreign Missions credits fervent prayer with protecting students when the school was fired on Tuesday. Myra Brown of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada says the students have their bags packed and are anxiously awaiting rescue.

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