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Colombia's Santos to donate Nobel Prize money to victims

  • Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos holds his hands as he arrives to deliver a statement at the presidential palace in Bogota, Colombia, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016. Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize Friday, just days after voters narrowly rejected a peace deal he signed with rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC.  (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos holds his hands as he arrives to deliver a statement at the presidential palace in Bogota, Colombia, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016. Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize Friday, just days after voters narrowly rejected a peace deal he signed with rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)  (The Associated Press)

  • Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos is embraced by his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez after speaking to journalists at the presidential palace in Bogota, Colombia, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016.  Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize Friday, just days after voters narrowly rejected a peace deal he signed with rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC.  (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos is embraced by his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez after speaking to journalists at the presidential palace in Bogota, Colombia, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016. Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize Friday, just days after voters narrowly rejected a peace deal he signed with rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)  (The Associated Press)

President Juan Manuel Santos says he'll donate his $925,000 in Nobel Peace Prize money to the victims of Colombia's conflict.

Santos made the announcement Sunday during a visit with his family and top officials to a town in western Colombia hard hit by the half-century conflict.

He promised the residents of Bojaya that he won't give up on securing peace with leftist FARC rebels despite voters' rejection of a deal he negotiated with the guerrillas in a referendum a week ago. More than 96 percent of residents of Bojaya voted for the peace deal.

At least 79 people in Bojaya were killed, many of them children, when FARC rebels launched a mortar attack on a church in an attempt to seize the town during a battle with right-wing paramilitaries.