sorrows for a few minutes and smile when they come here,” Qaseemi said.
Thousands come every day, he said, peaking on the weekly Friday holiday at close to 10,000.
The park is set on 10 hectares (24 acres) of land owned by the Kabul Municipal Government and leased for five years to a private company called Mufkora – which means “concept” in English.
Rahela Kohistani, the municipality’s cultural director, said that $1.5 million has been invested in the park with the municipal authority taking 26 percent of profits and the rest going to Mufkora.
“So far we are happy, and it seems that people are happy, too,” she said.
For Ishfaq Ahmad Adeb, 20, who spends his days at City Park as Tom the cat, and 18-year-old Omid who plays Minnie Mouse, the children’s joy rubs off.
“When the children see me in this outfit, they really believe that Minnie Mouse has come to Kabul,” said Omid. “They laugh and try to shake hands with me, they really enjoy it.”