A 28-year-old Iraqi violinist who was forced to go into hiding when the Islamic State terror group took control of his home city of Mosul has returned. He had come to play a concert.
Iraqi violinist Ameen Mekdad on Wednesday held a small concert in the city he was forced to flee by Daesh terrorists.
As Mekdad played scores he had composed in secret while living under the terrorists’ austere rule, explosions and gunfire could be heard from Mosul’s western districts where US-backed forces are still battling Daesh for control.
"This is a place for all, not just one sect. Daesh represents no religion but is an ideology that suppresses freedom,” Mekdad told Reuters, using a derogatory name for the terrorists. “Everything about Daesh is wrong.”
Mekdad fled Mosul after Daesh fighters stormed his house and confiscated his instruments. Wednesday’s hour long concert marked his first return to the city that was overrun by Daesh in 2014.
By playing his music there, he sought to send a message to “all ideologies which restrict freedom that music is a beautiful thing”.