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An Hour After A Bomb Went Off In Baghdad, This Cellist Did Something Beautiful

"When things are abnormal and so insane, we have an obligation to ... be dedicated to making life sustained."

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On Tuesday, a car bomb exploded in the district of Mansour in western Baghdad. The explosion killed at least 20 civilians, officials told the Associated Press.

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As Wasfi played, a crowd gathered. You can watch a video of his performance here.

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"Obviously, I cannot challenge the bombs with my cello," Wasfi later told the BBC. "When things are abnormal and so insane, we have an obligation to making to be dedicated to making life sustained."

Wasfi's performance has gone viral on Iraqi social media, with thousands of people sharing photos and videos of his performance. Former Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq Baraham Salih described it as melody surviving bigotry and death.

Iraqi musician Karim Wasfi performs at terrorist explosion site in Baghdad; melody of life survives bigotry & death

Wasfi's defiant act of music is inspiring others in the community. This happened the next day.

2 Iraqi students play Iraq's national anthem at on the same spot where a car bomb exploded yesterday in #Baghdad.

Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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