President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos

Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos has just won the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in ending the 52 year war between the state and the rebel group, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

The conflict which began between 1962 and 1964 came to an end on June 23, 2016 when the government and the rebels signed a historic ceasefire deal bringing an end to the devastating war that claimed 220,000 lives.

This year had the highest number of Nobel Peace Prize nominees ever –376 candidates in total– among which were  Syria’s search and rescue group, the White Helmets, Pope Francis, German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and Greek Islanders who opened their homes to refugees fleeing war-torn Syria.