Flag of South Sudan
|Adopted||9 July 2005|
|Design||A horizontal tricolour of black, red, and green, fimbriated with white stripes; with a blue equilateral triangle based on the hoist side bearing a gold star|
The flag of South Sudan was adopted following the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended the Second Sudanese Civil War. A similar version of the flag was previously used as the flag of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement.
The flag bears striking similarities with both the flags of Sudan, from which Southern Sudan seceded from in 2011, and Kenya. It shares the black, white, red, and green of the Sudanese flag (although different symbolism is given to each of the colours), in addition to having a chevron along the hoist. The horizontal black, white, red, and green bands of the flag share the same design as the Kenyan flag, and the Pan-African symbolism thereof. Another main difference between the flags of Southern Sudan and Sudan is that there is a yellow star inside the blue triangle that represents the unity of South Sudan.
Symbolism and representation
The Southern Sudanese government specifies that the colours of the flag are there to represent these descriptions of South Sudan:
- Black: Represents African skin color.
- Red: Represents blood that was shed by the liberation struggle martyrs.
- Green: Represents the country's natural resources and verdant land.
- White: Represents South Sudan's peace attained after many years of the liberation struggle.
- Blue: Represents waters of the Nile River, a source of life for the country.
- Yellow: Represents the unity of the states making up South Sudan.
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