Nestled on the northern outskirts of Karachi,Pakistan is a dusty sprawling locality with limited access to healthcare and basic sanitation which is home to nearly 250,000 Afghan refugees who were forced from their country by a lingering conflict.
Piles of garbage, sewage gushing from choked gutters, and unclean water which often causes diarrhea and other waterborne diseases in children have turned it into a distressingly impoverished neighbourhood even by Karachi’s standards.
It is commonly known as an Afghan Basti (town), where extended families jam into small mud and concrete houses and even in tarpaulin shelters, making social distancing impossible, in addition a lack of water and sanitation products make this neglected. Neighbourhood a perfect breeding ground for contagion.
But the people here are more worried about food rather than the formidable novel covid-19, which has already infected and killed hundreds of thousands across the globe.