Members of Afghanistan women's football team are dreaming of the moment when they can all be reunited again.
A successful evacuation operation conducted by the Australian government resulted in members of the team, coaches and family members being extracted from Kabul in Tuesday.
They are among at least 4,100 people evacuated from Kabul by Australia since the Taliban reclaimed control of the country more than a week ago.
The captain of the Afghanistan women's football team, Shabnam Mobarez, has been in constant contact with her teammates.
Currently in Denmark and based in the United States, Mobarez says her teammates now hope to start a new life in Australia after being granted humanitarian visas.
"They had the shift from potentially getting killed to feeling free," she told SBS News.
"It's a beautiful transition. A lot of them are very excited to live in a space that is safe for them and to continue their dreams that they started with. They have been so brave. It's crazy what they have been through. I feel as if this is a fight that they have won."
The former assistant coach of Afghanistan's women's football team, Haley Carter, was part of a group that worked tirelessly to help evacuate the players.
In an exclusive interview with SBS News, she says there aren't words sufficient to express her immense thanks to Australia.
"From our human rights lawyers to the Australian Defence Force personnel on the ground and the ministers who reviewed and approved visas, I am infinitely grateful," Carter said.
"I'm honestly very grateful to Australia for helping my sisters out," Mobarez said.
"I really hope other countries look at Australia and follow in their footsteps."
The journey to safety wasn't easy with Mobarez revealing that some athletes went three days without eating as they tried to get out of Kabul.
'Breaks my heart'
But why, like so many others, were these athletes desperate to escape from the Taliban?
"My teammates were telling me that they (the Taliban) were going from door to door, pulling out girls beating them and potentially killing them," Mobarez said.