A year ago, this could have cost Amim McDadd his life.
His music was banned by Islamic State and his violin confiscated. Now, out in the open amid the bombed ruins of an ancient site on Mosul, he's holding a small concert.>>
> People always liked music but were afraid to acknowledge this because of Islamic State. We oppose them and we risk death.
>> Last time he was here, he was fleeing the city after militants stormed his house and seized his instruments, deemed a violation of their hardline interpretation of Islam.>> We used to play music at a low level and in closed places because it was forbidden by Daesh like many other things, including mobile phones.
We got rid of our mobile SIM cards, satellite dishes were forbidden too. We abandoned all these things, but we could not get rid of musical instruments and we decided to keep it. Though it was very dangerous to keep, we couldn't abandon it.>> His audience is a small and wary crowd, the event and it's location advertised on social media, a bold move in Eastern Mosul.
>> At a time when militants still control the old city, across the Tigris River.