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Togolese barber controls traffic to save lives

Togo

<p>Jules Yao Adjo, is a father of three who lives in a modest neighborhood in Lome, he is a barber by profession but has chosen to engage in voluntary community service on the streets of the Togolese capital.</p> <p>He plays the role of a traffic warden helping younger students in Lome, to safely cross the road, a service he has been involved in since 2008.</p> <p>In an interview with Africanews Togo correspondent, he said his goal is to prevent students from getting involved in road accidents.</p> <p>“I started this job since December 2008 . It is to avoid accidents. As a citizen, we must always help people and God will also bless us,” he said.</p> <p>Dressed in uniform similar to that of the police, ‘Api’ as he is popularly called controls traffic with ease. Some residents said his effort saves lives.</p> <p>“He is always smiling with children, I love it. He crosses the road with children and also with the students. I encourage him. I do not know if he is paid by the State , but it is good,” one male resident said.</p> <p>“It is by the Grace of God that I live. Everything you see here, I did them. I am dynamic, I move, I love the work”.</p> <p>According to official figures, from 2009 to 2013, road accidents in Togo killed 3000 people. <br /> This was due to non-compliance with road safety measures.</p>

I started this job since December 2008. It is to avoid accidents. As a citizen, we must always help people and God will also bless us.

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