The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.
Santos was chosen to to receive the award for his efforts to end the civil war going on in his country for over 50 years.
According to Nobelprize.org, it has been a war that has cost the lives of at least 220,000 Colombians and displaced close to six-million people.
Santos has wanted to move toward peace in his country. The Colombian people voted on a referendum and the result was much different than what Santos wanted.
The fact that a majority of the voters said no to the peace accord does not necessarily mean that the peace process is dead. The referendum was not a vote for or against peace, according to the nobelprize.org.
The people voting against the referendum just had a problem with the specific way of getting peace.
President Santos has taken the job of gaining peace in his country very seriously. He said that he will work at it until the day that he dies.
The committee hopes that awarding Santos the prize will show everyone that striving for peace is at utmost importance. They hope that it will give him strength to complete his tasks and move forward.
According to the committee, his endeavors to promote peace thus fulfil the criteria and spirit of Alfred Nobel’s will.