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Awra Amba

Whilst swapping travel notes earlier on in my trip, recounting his must-do Ethiopia experiences, my new friend raised his voice mid sentence as if suddenly remembering something extremely important and told me emphatically that I must visit Awra Amba. "Arra-what?" I replied. He described an inspiringly progressive and largely agnostic village (they believe in God, but have no central religion) that values gender equality most highly amongst it's five key principles, which include care of the elderly and vulnerable, and an almost idealistic mutual respect between inhabitants. I knew I had to see this place for myself.  (The rest of this article will be published by Virgin Unite later this month)

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