This is an inspiring story of a visionary farmer in Ethiopia. By all accounts (including the funky hat he wears), Zumra Nuru is way ahead of his time, religion and society.
He can't read or write, but Zumra Nuru created a society that would have made Karl Marx proud. The 60-year-old Ethiopian farmer founded and cochairs Awra Amba, a commune where men cook, women plow, and religion has no place.His inspiration came from his childhood: He was sent to the fields instead of to school and beaten for eating meat at his Christian neighbor's home.His mother had to work much more than his father." It made me sad," says Mr. Nuru. "When I asked my parents about it ... they acted as if I were foolish."