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US-based artist to unleash 10,000 pink balloons on Kabul

Published on Feb 18, 2013 11:07 PM

KABUL (AFP) - 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 Taleban 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.

Although the majority of the estimated four million who live in Kabul struggle with poverty and war, Mr Arboleda spoke of the pleasures a simple coloured balloon could bring.

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