Awramba is a community found in South Gonder Zone of Amhara State, Ethiopia, 68 km from Bahir Dar. The community was founded in Zumra Nuru, the founder and Co-Chair of Awramba Community Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 4, () In Nortwest Ethopia lives a community of around people, founded by a once labeled crazy man called Zumra Nuru. Nuru never had any.
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The community was founded in and live within a place circumscribed by chain of mountains and hills. Nowadays, the place has become a tourist magnet.
Many social anthropologists go there to conduct study focusing on the peculiar Awramba community way of life. The community members are few in number. The total population is estimated about people, and 96 households. Their way of life makes them peculiar from the rest of the Amhara vommunity residing in the state. As I mentioned earlier, the community has been administering itself by its own rule and regulations, which are coined and ratified awramna by the community members.
The community has its own distinct founding philosophy and cultural values, beliefs and principles.
Most of these values and principles are the outcome of cultural transformation. Zumra Nuru, the founder of the Awramba community came up with a new philosophy, which serve as the basis for the most basic cultural values, beliefs and principles of the community.
The community believes in the pre-eminence of humanity and entertains a humanistic principle. According to Zumra, everyone is treated equally in Awramba community, regardless of difference in sex, ethnicity, race, nationality, religion and other areas. Accordingly, they believe that individuals should have the right to choose and entertain diverse views, opinions as well ccommunity ideologies.
The community is open for communit discussion when there are attitudinal differences among members. According to the written rule and regulations of the community, all human beings are treated and respected equally regardless of sex, race and ethnicity, religion. Most of the cultural values and principles in the community can be considered as the pillar in which all other shared culture, values,beliefs, and principles are built around. In commnuity community, all human beings, in general, and men and women, in particular, are treated comunity.
The elimination of all gender based discrimination is, therefore, within the basic cultural principle of the community. We believe that they can perform any sort of works as per the mutual understanding of satisfying basic needs by their own effort,” says Zumra.
Awramba: A collective community – Witness
Except child-bearing, breast-feeding any sort of activity is equally shard for men and women. Accordingly, women have equal rights to participate and engage in as per the rule and principle practiced there, comunity said adding that without demarcating and labeling tasks as male and female, both men and women should share work in the public as well as in the private spheres on a strict basis of ability and efficiency.
The other thing that makes the community so special is marriage. As per the principle of the community, marriage is conducted by communjty will of couples. In awramva to this, the community discourages early marriage. Accordingly, the minimum age of marriage is Moreover, the marriage ceremony is also arranged without any cost. By and large, early marriage, arranged marriage, polygamy and other forms of traditional harmful practices like female genital mutilation and others are highly prohibited within the community.
Begging, cheating, lying, unplanned wastage of time, prostitution, crime, and illicit behaviors are highly condemned in the culture. Trust, harmony, mutual respect, peaceful co-existence, development, social justice are the conducts expected to be displayed by every member of the comnunity in their day to day activity.
Ethiopia: A Community With Extraordinary Principles
The other peculiar principle applied in the community relates to working days. All days of the week are considered as one and the same if people are working to win their daily life.
To better understand this, let us use agriculture due to its convenience to the community. According to Zumra, agriculture productivity is the sum total of awrakba efforts of all the members of the community, plus other factors like labor, land, capital. But no other factors would affect it. Some people communuty of the community believe that God prohibits them not to do work in some religious holidays, but he says that God is always willing for everyone to work hard and to reap the fruits as per the efforts.
Other special thing that awdamba to be highlighted is how the community nurture and bring up children.
The community strictly exercise all the children protection rights stipulated in the Ethiopian constitution. As they are the generation of tomorrow, children in their community are viewed as the major determinant of the future. They are nurturing them to think outside of the box and come up with new ideas and concepts.
The other peculiar nature of the community is their attitude towards the right of other marginalized segment of the society. They give high priority to the rights of people with physical disabilities as well as elderly. They think that this segment of the society should be treated equally with great respect and should get supported by the working groups. The other special right applied in the community is paid maternity leave. As per the principle of the community, a woman is given three months maternity leave, and they have also the right to use family planning methods to space up their children.
Apart from a paid leave, women in the community have the right to get extra-support from social security fund in time of maternity. Read the original article on Ethiopian Herald.
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