Hundreds of caged cats, dogs and rabbits were rescued from abandoned markets in Karachi, Pakistan over the past week during a nationwide coronavirus lockdown.
READ MORE: VOA’s Islamabad correspondent Ayesha Tanzeem grapples with the work from home restrictions in Pakistan and the competing guilt of either not reporting on the human suffering around her, or putting the health of her crew at risk.
"The social isolation policy really hit home last week. VOA ordered all its overseas staff to start working from home. Until then, we had kept the Islamabad bureau open, albeit with reduced numbers and strict SOPs. People were coming in on alternate days and in shifts to minimize interaction and optimize social distancing. We were disinfecting all surfaces and particularly doorknobs three times a day. Everyone had masks, gloves, and hand sanitizers on their tables. No one was going to press briefings or gatherings."
"Still, there was some activity. Since I live upstairs in the same house as the bureau, things seemed semi-normal. Not anymore. "