By Danielle Chavira

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – A woman in Colorado Springs returned home after evacuating Afghanistan. Salma Kazemi says she made it through a massive crowd of people to get on her flight.

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“There was kids just crying. Sorry, I’m getting emotional. They were just crying, people were fainting, people were bloody and having strokes and it was probably something I’d never expect to see,” Kazemi told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

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She said she was in the crowd for four hours until she was able to get the attention of a British soldier and show him her letter from Congress to get on a charter flight home.

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People struggle to cross the boundary wall of Hamid Karzai International Airport to flee the country after rumors that foreign countries are evacuating people even without visas, after the Taliban over run of Kabul, Afghanistan, 16 August 2021. (Photo by STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

More than 70,000 people have been evacuated since Aug. 14, according to CBS News. President Joe Biden and the U.S. are working against an Aug. 31 deadline to get any remaining Americans or Afghan allies out of the country.

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In those final days, the Pentagon says it will focus on getting 5,400 troops and military equipment out.

Danielle Chavira