Don’t get me wrong: I’m as in touch with my inner hippy as the next person. One of my favorite albums is the Dead’s American Beauty. One day I will (again) own a VW microbus. I do believe in power of the Birkenstock. And Woodstock. And patchouli. But I think someone needs to reign in Wavy Gravy here:
Despite grinding poverty and more than three decades of war, a New York-based artist believes 10,000 pink balloons can help bring peace and happiness to Afghans on the streets of Kabul.
Yazmany Arboleda has already unleashed coloured balloons in India, Japan and Kenya. He hopes that Afghanistan can be the next to benefit from “simple happiness” despite being in the grip of an 11-year Taliban insurgency.
“The actual date will be a surprise. Once people will wake up, they will see an explosion of colours,” he told a news conference on Monday.
Speaking on behalf of all those of us here in Kabul, I don’t want anything exploding here. Ever. Even if it’s just colors.