Nobel winner Abiy says ‘hell’ of war fueled desire for peace

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize says his horrifying experiences as a young Ethiopian soldier informed his determination to seek the end of a long conflict with a neighboring country.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed spoke at Oslo City Hall during the ceremony in Norway’s capital where he received his Nobel on Tuesday, saying: “War is the epitome of hell for all involved. I know because I was there and back.”

Abiy won the prize, in part, for making peace with Eritrea after one of Africa’s longest-running conflicts. Abiy served in the army during the war.

“Twenty years ago, I was a radio operator attached to an Ethiopian army unit in the border town of Badame,” he recalled. “I briefly left the foxhole in the hopes of getting a good antenna reception….It only took but a few minutes. Yet upon my return I was horrified to discover that my entire unit had been wiped out in an artillery attack.”

2 thoughts on “Nobel winner Abiy says ‘hell’ of war fueled desire for peace

  1. 1997 Ethiopia was at peace with Eritrea.
    1998 war started , now is the war over???
    I don’t see Redwan Hussein walking down Asmara streets as if the war is over or I don’t see Hailemariam Desalegn visiting his family members in Eritrea as if the war is over. I don’t see the Ethiopians that have their golden teeth and other properties stolen by Eritreans in 1991 go to visit Eritrea. Is the war really over???

  2. 1936 Time Magazine Man of The Year and The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize Winner? This beyond-repair-AfroEthio-centric septuagenarian here is screaming with joy here!!!! I have told you this a million times before! That is why our old country is the gem of the colored, among many other reason!!! I’m good now!!! I’m good for the rest of the year!!!! Bigots! Look up to the moon and eat your crow!!!!

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