In the aftermath of a car bomb in Baghdad, this man sat down and played his cello

(Picture: Karim Wasfi)

Amid the rubble and debris of a bomb site in Baghdad, musician Karim Wasfi sat down to play his cello to send a message to those "who consider bombs to be the only way to resolve this disagreement".

At least 10 people were reported to have been killed in the Mansour district of the Iraqi capital on Monday in a day when three car bombs, thought to have been detonated by Isis militants, hit the city.

A video of his act of defiance in the face of terror was shared widely from the Soutuna TV Facebook page.

Exclusive for Soutuna online TVWww.soutuna.comخاص بصوتناالمايسترو كريم وصفي يتحدى العنف ويفتتح صباح اليوم بالموسيقى في مكان الانفجار الإرهابي الجبان في حي ١٤رمضان الرحمة لشهداء العراق الف تحية لكل مبدع يحمل العراق ضميرا وقضية أينما يكون برافو كريم

Posted by Soutuna on Tuesday, 28 April 2015

The cellist, who is also the director of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra, told the BBC: "Obviously I cannot challenge the bombs with my cello, but I can at least assure that life is worth living."

My message as an artist, as a conductor, also as a cellist, is that when things are abnormal we make things normal. We make things worth living for.

  • Karim Wasfi
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