Why the world’s first blind-folded wooden house shuts down
A house in rural Kenya has been shut down for weeks for violating an official policy against wearing blindfolds.
The owner says he wants to raise awareness about the dangers of wearing the devices in Kenya.
The Kenyan government has issued a new ban on the use of blindfoldings in homes.
But many people in the country still have them, so the owners say they are simply a way to help people stay safe.
They have put up signs in the streets to let people know that the house has been banned.
“I feel like the blindfold has been put on me because of the policy,” owner Saman Waseke told The Associated Press.
The house is surrounded by a fence and there are no other signs posted outside saying the house is not allowed to be used for any activities.
The policy was made public in February after a woman living in the village of Wasekel, about 150 miles northeast of the capital Nairobi, told The AP she was asked to remove her blindfold by a member of her family who told her it was against the rules.
Wasekel said the family had been in the home for nearly three years and had no history of problems with the rules and had not even asked to be let in to use the house.
The ban comes just days after the U.S. embassy in Kenya announced it would no longer accept blindfolded visitors.