February artefact – A dove for peace
Every month one or several of the objects held at the Nobel Museum’s collections will feature here as Artefact of the month.
This dove is the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos constant companion. He wears it as a steady reminder of the path of peace Colombia is on where a country that, for over half a century, has been known for its armed conflict now is working for peace through dialogue.
The dove was, at first, part of a proposal from a PR company involved in the Presidential campaign of Juan Manuel Santos as a symbol for his campaign. However the First Lady Maria Clemencia Rodríguez de Santos proposed that it be used as an official symbol of peace. And so it was.
This particular dove of peace is one of the two that President Santos wore during the whole peace process, and is the one he wore during the December 10th ceremony when he received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. He gave the other peace dove to the FARC leader Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri in Cartagena, Colombia, on September 26, 2016, the day they signed the first peace agreement before the election.
Today, in the streets of Colombia, Colombians are wearing it to support the change the country is experiencing, the dialogue for peace and as evidence that peace and change is possible in Colombia.
/Martha Bojassen, Nobel Museum