Karim Wasfi, founder and chief conductor of the Iraq National Symphony Orchestra, has posted a picture of himself in hospital in a poor condition. A former cellist, Karim 42, has been the driving force in restoring orchestral music to the war-torn country. We met two years ago at a conference in Holland, where he impressed everyone with his vision and ambition.
His Facebook messages say that his health deteriorated badly and he has been in hospital since July. He has lost part of his right foot and his left eye is threatened. We send warm wishes for his recovery.