By the time he had left for the airport, thousands of people had followed his example and crossed into the neighbourhood chanting “war is over” in the local Sango language – a sign that, at least for a day, his message – that Christians and Muslims had long lived peacefully together here and that religion could never justify violence – had taken hold.
United Nations peacekeepers stood guard in the minarets of the mosque as the Pope arrived in his open-air vehicle, which he had insisted on using throughout his trip despite security risks. Two years of Christian-Muslim violence has divided the capital and forced nearly one million people to flee their homes. The once vibrant markets of PK5 have now been largely closed and many Muslim-owned businesses stand in ruins.
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