Surrounded by debris and rubble, Karim Wasfi played his cello for Al Mansour, Baghdad in response to a series of car bombings.
The vehicle explosion had occurred just before midnight killing five people and injuring 15. The total death count for the series of attacks so far is 20 civilians since Monday.
Wasfi told Iraqi media channel Soutana:
“It’s my way of expressing my feelings . . We just want to live a decent and safe life like people in Europe and America. Bombing is not a solution for our problems.”
Wasfi was the Chief Principal Conductor and Director for the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra from 2007 to 2012 and was interviewed last year by NPR. In 2013, he did a TEDxBaghdad Talks about his Peace Through Arts Initiative where youth learn applying music and peace in their community.
Wasfi's performance inspired other musicians to perform and facilitated a sense of community that took to Twitter. Footage of Wasfi's performance can be found here.