Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on October 7, 2016 for his efforts to put an end  to more than five decades of conflict between his government and the country's oldest insurgent group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
The win came as a surprise to many.
In a referendum held earlier this week, Colombians rejected Santos’ peace deal.  If the deal had passed the vote, it would have indeed marked an end to a war that has claimed more than 220,000 lives since 1958.
Dice mi papá: “Con Nobel y sin paz”.
— Sinar Alvarado (@sinaralvarado) October 7, 2016 
My dad says: with Nobel, but without peace
Thousands of kilometers away, Syria's Civil Defense volunteers, widely known as the ‘White Helmets ‘ because of their white helmets worn during rescue missions, were seen as the choice of many. They are seen as heroes in a war that has claimed more than 470,000 lives in five years.
Several high-profile publications endorsed the White Helmets for the Nobel Peace Prize, including The Guardian  and Time  magazine. Many had hoped that giving the White Helmets the Nobel Peace Prize would not only give Syrians hope, but it might have given the White Helmets protections against airstrikes of the Assad regime and the Russian government.
As soon as the Nobel Peace Prize was announced, the White Helmets congratulated the president and people of Colombia.
Congratulations to the President of Colombia for the @NobelPrize  and we wish the people of Colombia peace
— The White Helmets (@SyriaCivilDef) 7 October 2016 
The award for Santos excluded FARC commander Rodrigo Londondo, alias “Timochenko”, also a signatory of the failed accord. The Nobel Peace Prize committee emphasized that this prize also pays tribute to the people of Colombia.
You can hear the phone call between the Norwegian Nobel Committee committee and President Santos below:
Twitter was quick to question the award given to Santos for trying to bring peace to his country:
Man, the Nobel committee seems to be giving out a lot of Gold Peace Stars for Participation recently. https://t.co/3FId1eC9Jj 
— Julian Sanchez (@normative) October 7, 2016 
The recognition to peace that is yet to come is unbelievable, to some. Angelica Casallas, from Colombia, compared the win to Macondo, a fictional town in One Hundred Years of Solitude. The novel was written by Colombia's most famous writer Gabriel García Márquez.
Gabo ganó el Nobel por Macondo, Santos por gobernarlo.
— Angélica Casallas ☮️ (@AngelicAzulita) October 7, 2016 
Gabo (Gabriel García Márquez) won the Nobel for Macondo, Santos for governing it.
On Facebook, Robert Valencia , Colombian Global Voices author commented:
This is proof that Colombia is the cradle of Magical Realism. While the country is on the brink of (possibly) going to war again after the failed referendum, the President wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
Others used the famous meme that circulated after Miss Colombia was incorrectly called the winner of the Miss Universe pageant, earlier this year, to illustrate the controversy that could rise between the “No” supporters and the recently awarded president:
Cuando ganas el plebiscito / Cuando le dan el Nobel a Santos. pic.twitter.com/RHMqORjuuy 
— Carolina (@Caromunozb) October 7, 2016 
When you win the referendum / When they give the Nobel to Santos.
Some Twitter users, like Erik del Búfalo, showed relief that the award wasn't handed to the FARC as well:
Al menos no se lo dieron también a Timochenko. En esta época de la humanidad se podrían esperar este tipo de cosas.
— Erik Del Bufalo (@ekbufalo) October 7, 2016 
At least they didn't give it to Timochenko too. In this time in humanity, one could expect this kind of stuff.
Meanwhile, Ivan Marquez, chief negotiator for the FARC, congratulated the president, saying:
Esperamos que el Nobel de paz le de al Presidente Santos fuerza para darle vida al Acuerdo Final y dignidad a todos los colombianos
— Iván Márquez (@IvanMarquezFARC) 7 October 2016 
We hope that the Nobel peace prize gives President Santos strength to give life to the final agreement and dignity for all Colombians.
There were those who were optimistic that the prize could boost the peace process:
Nobel really helped Oscar Arias in 1987, when Reagan admin was bitterly opposing his Central Am peace effort. Dynamic could be similar now.
— Adam Isacson (@adam_wola) October 7, 2016 
The Nobel Peace Prize, as Seen from Syria
Countless people took to Twitter to express their love to the White Helmets, saying that they won the ‘hearts of the world’ even though they didn't win the Nobel Peace Prize. All of the following tweets, by Syrians and others, were retweeted by the White Helmets themselves.
— Adham (@adhamsahloul) 7 October 2016 
— Luc Dockendorf (@LucDockendorf) 7 October 2016 
They faced bullets, bombs, torture & genocide. We are lucky that we had heroes living among us who decided to save lives. @SyriaCivilDef 
— Lina Sergie Attar (@AmalHanano) 7 October 2016 
— Maya Gebeily (@GebeilyM) 7 October 2016 
— Nargis Walker (@NargisWalker) 7 October 2016 
— Mahmoud Al Basha (@Mahmoud_Bashaa) 7 October 2016 
Palestinian-Syrian caricaturist Hani Abbas  drew the following in honor of the White Helmets:
— Idrees Ahmad (@im_PULSE) 7 October 2016 
And indeed, the White Helmets’ center in Hama, in West-central Syria, was targeted today.
— The White Helmets (@SyriaCivilDef) 7 October 2016 
They also lost another volunteer in Daraa, southwestern Syria.
Mahmoud Al Muhammad killed today in Daraa after responding to bombing of civilians leaving Friday prayers. pic.twitter.com/TE686D9Ujt 
— The White Helmets (@SyriaCivilDef) 7 October 2016