It is hoped that the Peace Prize awarded to Abyei will bring peace to the Horn of Africa and eventually become a peaceful air for all local people to breathe and depend on.
On 11 October, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019, Abe Ahmed Ali, the 15th Prime Minister of Ethiopia, who is helping reconcile Ethiopia and neighbouring Eritrea. This is the second year in a row that Africa has won the Nobel Peace Prize - one of the two winners last year was Congolese gynecologist Mukwig.
Prior to the award, Swedish renowned international expert Valencian pointed out that Abby, as a prime minister of Africas second most populous country with more than 80 nationalities, played a prominent role in promoting national reconciliation, alleviating the rampant inter-ethnic violence in the region and striving to ease relations with Eritrea, a neighbouring country that had murdered each other for more than 20 years. The current United Nations Secretary-General Guterres praised Abidjans efforts to improve Ethiopia-Eritrea relations in September last year as a breath of peace in the Horn of Africa. As many insiders have pointed out, Abby is the most suitable person to win this year that anyone cant refute.
Abby was born in 1976 in Beshashasha Town, Cafa Province, Ethiopia. His father was Muslim, but his mother was a devout Amharic Christian. Growing up in this multi-ethnic and multi-religious area, Abby felt the horror of ethnic and sectarian conflicts and violence from an early age. In the 1990s, he participated in guerrilla warfare to overthrow the Mengstu regime. He fought side by side with Eritreans and Tigres, which resulted in a stronger sense of cross-ethnic, cross-sectarian reconciliation.
After Eritrea became independent after the war, Ethiopia lost its coastline. Contradictions between the two countries intensified and once led to fierce war, and then fell into a long-term hostility. As an officer, Abi returned to his home town of Beshasha to mediate the conflict between Muslims and Christians. He also went to Rwanda as a Blue Helmets officer after the 1995 Rwanda Holocaust to witness the harm and trauma caused by racial violence. He deeply understood the truth that no one can profit from racial and sectarian violence. In 2010, he was determined to take off his military uniform and work as a politician to bring peace to the region.
On April 2, 2018, Abbi was elected Prime Minister, and on July 9, he went to Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, to shake hands with Eritrean President Afweki historically. As many people who have been committed to reconciliation in Eastern Africa have said, in just one year, Abi has done something that many people have not been able to do for 20 years, or even dare not imagine at all, bringing a dawn of peace and reconciliation to the Horn of Africa. In this regard, his award deserves to be well-deserved and deserves his reputation.
But the breath of peace or dawn is not sunshine after all.
Since the historic handshake, there has been no major violent clashes on the Ethiopian-Eritrean border, but the frozen three feet is not a days cold. After all, many years of accumulated grievances can not be resolved by one person, one day and one night. The long-awaited frontier opening has brought endless expectations. Within a few months, it has turned its back. The expected permanent trade agreement is still far away. However, the biggest deadlock in the tension between the two countries, the issue of sea crossing, has not been solved yet. Ethiopia still has to turn its back on the ports of Djibouti and Kenya. Abby is working hard on this, but for the time being, he has not got the gist.
In this regard, the Norwegian Nobel Committee also knows that Chairman Rees-Andersones-Anderson summed up the significance of this years award as recognition of Abbys past efforts, and inspiration and expectations for his future efforts. In 2009, the Nobel Committee awarded the Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama for the same motivation and expectation reasons, which aroused controversy. Whether the Nobel Peace Prize should have futures has also become the focus of controversy. But this time around the world, peace-loving people will probably expect that the Peace Prize Futures awarded to Abi will be profitable, because it means peace in the Horn of Africa, which will eventually become a peaceful air for all local people to breathe and rely on.
The Nobel Peace Prize of 2019 announces the award of Ethiopias Prime Minister
Around 17:00 on October 11, Beijing time, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019 would be awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abi Ahmed Ali in recognition of his efforts for peace and international cooperation, especially his decisive actions to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.