Colombia President Pledges Nobel Peace Prize Money To Communities Affected By FARC

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday (Oct. 7), days after the nation’s voters shut down a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

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In his ongoing fight for peace, Santos plans to donate his award composed of nearly $1 million to communities most impacted by the 52-year conflict. “You symbolize the suffering of the victims of 52 years of war and are at the center of the solution to this conflict,” he said before a crowd in Bojayá on Sunday (Oct. 9). “The victims have taught me that the capacity to forgive can overcome hatred and rancor.”

According to NBC Latino, the Bogota-based Peace and Reconciliation Foundation confirmed that 67 of the 81 Colombian municipalities hardest hit by the conflict, including Bojayá , voted “yes” in the referendum.

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Before Santos ended his visit to the impoverished city in western Colombia, residents left him with a replica of a Christ statue mutilated during a mortar attack launched by FARC rebels in 2002, a gift the president cherishes as much as his Nobel Peace Prize, NBC adds. “I’m not going to falter a single minute,” he continued. “I’m not going to give up a single second.”