Artists emerge from ruins of Mosul to reclaim Iraqi city’s cultural life

Anime Mal Kounian plays the violin with Karim Wasfi, conductor of the Peace Through Arts Farabi Orchestra, during a concert in Mosul, Iraq October 27, 2018. Picture taken October 27, 2018. REUTERS/Ari Jalal

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) – The first thing musician Fadhel al-Badri did when Mosul was liberated from Islamic State last year was breathe a sigh of relief. The militants who seized the city in 2014 had targeted artists like himself so when neighbors said they were hunting for him, he left home, called his wife to […]

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