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The 2016 Nobel Peace Prize was given to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on October 7 for his work to end Colombia’s civil war. For more than 50 years, a guerrilla group known as the FARC rebels has been attacking government forces, taking over territory, and kidnapping government officials. At least 220,000 people have died in the conflict, and more than 5 million others have been displaced. Santos and his government spent four years negotiating a peace deal with the FARC rebels. Colombian voters rejected this deal just five days before Santos won the Nobel Prize. However, the Nobel committee said that Santos’ work still represented important steps toward peace.

Read more about Juan Manuel Santos’ Nobel Peace Prize.

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