Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, a recognition of the young politician’s inspiring and reformist policies including his ending of a two-decade-long border war.
Ahmed came to office in March of last year touting the concept of “medemer,” an Amharic word for unity — an apt way to describe Ahmed himself, who is the mixed-race son of a Christian and a Muslim. His administration has overseen the release of thousands of political prisoners from Ethiopia’s jails, and at one point he even acknowledged his own political party’s history of terrorizing and torturing Ethiopian citizens.
Most notably, Ahmed helped bring an end to the Ethiopian-Eritrean border conflict, which had been raging for 20 years. It was for this achievement that the Nobel committee awarded him the peace prize.