Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has received his Nobel Peace Prize medal at a ceremony in the Norwegian capital, Oslo.
Abiy was awarded the prize mainly for his efforts in ending the tension between Ethiopia and its neighbouring country, Eritrea.
The Prime Minister spoke about his experiences during the Ethiopia-Eritrea war as he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize. He said he was a soldier in the countries’ 1998-2000 border war, adding that his entire unit was wiped out in an artillery attack on the town of Badme – the flashpoint for the war.
“War is the epitome of hell for all involved… Peace is a labour of love.
“Sustaining peace is hard work. It takes a few to make war, but it takes a village and a nation to build peace,” the Nobel Laureate said.
“There is no us and them. There is only us, for we are all bound by a shared destiny of love, forgiveness and reconciliation,” he added.
The chairperson of the Nobel Committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen, said that Ahmed represented a “new generation of African leaders who realise that conflict must be resolved by peaceful means”.