Sweepers start to clear away debris, and drills buzz in the shells of gutted shops.

But the scene of the deadliest ever attack carried out by so-called Islamic State (IS) anywhere in the world is still a makeshift shrine. On 3 July, 292 Iraqis lost their lives here.

This week, the haunting strains of a cello wafted through the cavernous black hulks where two popular centres once drew in Iraqis for shopping and socialising.

“If terrorists are trying to turn every element of life into a battlefield, I will turn it into a field of beauty and civilisation,” declares Karim Wasifi, composer and conductor with Iraq’s National Symphony Orchestra.

He has played his cello at other major bomb sites in Baghdad as an affirmation of Iraqis’ determination to fight back.

Hardly a day goes by without an attack somewhere in a city laced with security checkpoints and armed guards.

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