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Missionaries from Fort Mill rescue orphans from South Sudan

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Missionaries with ties to Fort Mill rescued nine orphans from war-torn South Sudan on March 8 and, today, are resting in Fort Mill, N.C.

Brad and Kim Campbell were running an orphanage in South Sudan. They once lived in Fort Mill and are funded by the local organization Keeping Hope Alive.

The fighting in Malakal, South Sudan came into their front yard on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, they fled their home to a United Nations peacekeeping base close by  -- where more than 20,000 were taking shelter.

The problem -- there had been little food at the base and it was even becoming violent.

Unable to get the kids paperwork clearance to leave South Sudan, the Campbell's fled to get funds and a plan of rescue.

On March 8, it happened.

"[Kim] just kept saying 'We have the children,'" Keeping Hope Alive's Freddie Power said.

Keeping Hope Alive sent $2,000 over to an Ethiopian pastor who met the children when they crossed the border. The money provided a vehicle, food and other necessities to get the children safe -- and away from Alaska, South Sudan.

The trip took 11 days to Ethiopia. The rented car actually broke down halfway and the orphans and pastor were stranded for five days.

But eventually, they made it out of South Sudan, safely.

A house has been rented in Gambrel, Ethiopia where the orphans will stay while the Campbell's regroup in the states.

The Campbell's plan on returning to Ethiopia later this month to be with their orphans. They hope the fighting in South Sudan will calm down enough so that, one day, they can all return.

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