Afghanistan's two Paralympic athletes have thanked Australia for helping them get to Tokyo in time to realize their Paralympic dreams. Two weeks ago, Zakia Khudadadi's video plea, and an ABC interview with Afghanistan's London-based chef de mission, Arian Sadiqi, kick-started a rescue operation that saw around 100 female athletes and their dependents rescued on the final flights out of Kabul. "We asked for help from women all around the globe — from institutions and countries — which thankfully managed to come together and help us out [and] we managed to get to safety and to where we are now," Khudadadi said.

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