An aerial view of the Arabic word "Peace" painted on the rooftops of 85 buildings in Tripoli's Syria street, which separates the Sunni quarter of Bab al-Tabbaneh from the Alawi neighbourhood of Jabal Mohsen.
AFP / ASHEKMAN / Handout
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From the street below, it's easy to miss the workers daubing paint on the rooftops in this north Lebanese city. The labor is part of an ambitious art project in two of Tripoli's battle-scarred neighborhoods.Ashekman, the Lebanese street art duo behind the project, say that once they're done, the pistachio-green rooftops they are painting will spell the word "salaam" (peace) on a scale visible from space.Three years in the making, the project is the brainchild of 34-year-old twins Mohamed and Omar Kabbani. Peace has been elusive in the two quarters – one of which hosts a Sunni majority, while the other is mostly Alawi.Ashekman's project runs on either side of Syria Street, the infamous thoroughfare separating the two neighborhoods. The duo hired workers from across the divide to help them complete the project.
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