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Iraqi Plays Music on a Kalashnikov

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7Dnews London - AFP

Sat, 10 Aug 2019 20:01 GMT

You would think he is playing the lute, but no, Iraqi musician Majed Abdennour from Baghdad is actually playing a Kalashnikov he altered to produce sound like a stringed instrument.

Abdennur’s former killing machine uses an ammunition case to sustain the vibrations of the strings.

When sectarian hostilities were ravishing his country, the Iraqi teacher, who is in his fifties, used the gun to protect his family in Baghdad.

Radicals and fanatical factions controlled Baghdad in the period between 2006 and 2008, driving Sunnis and Shiites to remain in their homes.

"All of a sudden, it was as if all the ties that had connected us didn't matter anymore, Iraq became a huge battleground, war was everywhere," said Abdennour.

Over 100,000 civilians lost their lives in the years between the US-led invasion in 2003 and the withdrawal of American forces in 2011, according to the Iraq Body Count database.

"I asked myself: why war? Why the violence? I'll transform all that into music," said Abdennour, who lost relatives and friends during the fighting.

Abdenour said he knew the metalworker to whom he took his weapon and ammunition box, thought he was mad. "I told him: don't ask questions, do it!" AFP reported.


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