Ten high school students from Brampton became stranded in Cambodia on a social justice trip after their passports were stolen. But after swift action, the group will make it home in time for Christmas.

The St. Edmund Campion Catholic School students were in Cambodia for an 8-day trip. The grade 11 and 12 students spent their time in a rural community building latrines and distributing school supplies. They arrived on December 8 and were scheduled to leave on Sunday, December 16, but just one day before the departure date, they were the victims of passport theft.

A spokesperson for Dufferin-Peel School Board told the Brampton Guardian that the group of students and supervising staff were in the capital city of Phnom Penh doing some sightseeing when a motorcyclist rode by, grabbing the bag contained the passports and made off with it.

The theft happened on a weekend, so the group wasn’t able to secure new travel documents for a few days. As of December 18, they have officially secured the required documents to travel back to Canada.

The group is booked on a flight to return to home on Friday and should land at Pearson International Airport by Saturday, just in time for the holidays.

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