Awad grew up on a cattle farm in Ethiopia, a member of that country's underrepresented and sometimes persecuted ethnic minority, the Oromo. He had no formal schooling, though he possessed an excellent memory and was quick with figures from a lifetime of managing livestock. He knew violence: Government agents had beaten and killed his father for being a suspected member of the Oromo Liberation Front, a militia in conflict with the majority Tigray government (another Ethiopian clan). His brother also had been killed for his ethnicity, leaving Awad the eldest male in the family — and the next in line for... More >>>