Sosan Enayatullha feels both lucky and sad. She made it out of Afghanistan but had to leave her family behind.
Ms Enayatullha is one of just ten Irish citizens who were flown out in the past week. She had only landed in Kabul a few days before the Taliban seized power.
A dual Irish-Afghan citizen, she had travelled to visit her parents and six siblings ahead of her only brother's wedding - an event which has since been put on hold.
She was out walking with a friend as news filtered through: "The Taliban is coming."
She arrived back to her parents' house to a call from her family in Dublin urging her to fly home as soon as possible.
The mother of two went straight to the airport to try and buy a ticket but she could not find an airline desk that was open.
"Everybody was escaping, nobody was there," Ms Enayatullha described.
This was the beginning of Ms Enayatullha's repeated efforts to try and leave the country last week.
Her parents, brother and sisters, who are not Irish citizens, tried too.
Early last week, as the world watched the chaos unfold at the airport, the family joined the crowds who gathered around Kabul airport, and some of them got inside the compound hoping to board one of the departing flights.
"My sister ... when the (US military) plane (flew away) she had all mud on her, and she was coming home crying," Ms Enayatullha said.
Ms Enayatullha sought and received support from the Irish embassy in Abu Dhabi.
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Following a number of failed attempts to access the airport, her last effort began at around 5am last Tuesday morning.
Finding the first two airport entry gates she tried closed, she heard that an emergency gate was open where a large crowd had gathered.
She described a "terrible" scene where she saw one woman trampled under the feet of the crowd.
"I show my passport and one of the American guys said, 'oh she's Irish, let her (in) or not?' and they say 'no', Ms Enayatullha recalled.
"I'm crying and I say 'I'm Irish can you let me in?' ... and then one of the Afghan solider bring me in. I was lucky," Ms Enayatullha said.
Ms Enayatullha is relieved to be home with her two sons. She said her eldest in particular understood the danger she was in.
"When I came here, he hugged me and he was so happy, and he said 'Mum, never go back to Afghanistan'," she said.
She now hopes to begin the process of applying to bring some of the family she left in Afghanistan to Ireland.
The Department of Justice has confirmed that it has fast-tracked more than 100 applications for family re-unification from Afghan citizens here since the Taliban took power.
'We could do much more' to accomodate refugees, says NASC chief
Meanwhile, the CEO of NASC, the Refugee and Migrant Rights Centre, said "we could do much more" to accommodate a greater number of Afghan refugees.
Speaking on RTÉ's Drivetime, Fiona Finn said there are a number of additional measures that could be taken to ensure we receive more than 230 Afghan refugees.
She said community sponsorship is one response to it, but there is a need to enhance family reunification and introduce a humanitarian admissions programme.
NASC has pioneered community sponsorship programmes, as part of the Irish Refugee Protection Programme, which will see refugees resettled with the help of local involvement.
Ms Finn said if more of these programmes could be scaled up, Ireland could receive more than the 230 refugees the country has already committed to.