Ethiopia ‘bans’ cars on roads once a month for national exercise (Video)

Ethiopia ‘bans’ cars on roads once a month for national exercise (Video)

- Ethiopia has recorded massive participation in its car-free Sunday public exercises which started in December 2018

- The main aim is to help reduce pollution, promote public exercises and assist with people's emotional wellbeing

- A participant, Beza Tadesse, who participated right from the beginning, has explained the reason behind her interest in the programme

Ethiopia’s intent to set one Sunday a month aside for public exercises has attracted massive support from its citizens.

Dubbed car-free Sundays, the day is used to help reduce pollution, promote exercise and encourage social engagements.

The event, which started in December 2018, is also used to help improve physical health and emotional wellbeing.

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Beza Tadesse explained that she has participated in the event right from the beginning and she believes it helps to improve physical health as well as emotional wellbeing.

Per a report by BBC News Africa, Beza explained that the idea was met with resistance from some motorists and businesses.

It is however now so popular that about 20 cities in Ethiopia participate in the event whenever it comes up.

She adds that there is a lot of traffic in the country’s capital, Addis Ababa, and the air, which is unclean, has an impact on their health.

In other news, has learned that a Ghanaian woman known as Breffu, led a slave revolt in the West Indies in 1733.

Information available shows that African slaves began to revolt in the Americas, West Indies, and Europe around the 1700s.

The Breffu-led revolt was against the Danes who were the European power in charge of the West Indies.

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