Flag of Rwanda

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Republic of Rwanda
Flag of Rwanda.svg
UseNational flag
Proportion2:3
Adopted25 October 2001
DesignA horizontal tricolour of blue (double width), yellow and green; charged with a sun-yellow sun in the upper-fly side corner
Designed byAlphonse Kirimobenecyo

The flag of Rwanda was adopted on October 25, 2001.

Details[edit]

The flag has four colours: blue, green, yellow, and gold.[1] The blue band represents happiness and peace, the yellow band symbolizes economic development, and the green band symbolizes the hope of prosperity. The gold sun represents enlightenment.[2]

The new flag represents national unity, respect for work, heroism, and confidence in the future. It was adopted to avoid connotations to the 1994 genocide.[3][4] The flag was designed by Alphonse Kirimobenecyo.[5]

When hung vertically, the flag should be displayed as the horizontal version rotated clockwise 90 degrees.[1]

Previous flag[edit]

Rwanda's previous flag was a red-yellow-green tricolour with a large black letter "R" (to distinguish it from the otherwise identical Flag of Guinea). Derived from the flag of Ethiopia, the colours green, yellow, and red represented peace; the nation's hope for its development; and the people. The colours were associated with Pan-African colours. The flag was changed because it became associated with the brutality of the 1994 genocide.[3][2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Flags and Anthems Manual: London 2012 (PDF). London, United Kingdom: London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. 2012. p. 88. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-01-04. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Flags of the World: Rwanda". CRW Flags of the World. 20 November 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  3. ^ a b Vesperini, Helen (31 December 2001). "Rwanda unveils new flag and anthem". BBC. Archived from the original on 5 November 2003. Retrieved 5 November 2003.
  4. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=lASCkgt0E40C&pg=PA166&lpg=PA166&dq=Michael+Habarurema&source=bl&ots=JXIIpE04jj&sig=In_dFoC8a1c6OWLTdMI9j2x3IsY&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjlxO_j0vDeAhVtx1kKHTOAD0AQ6AEwCXoECAgQAQ#v=onepage&q=Michael%20Habarurema&f=false
  5. ^ "Flags of Africa — Countries Starting with R". Retrieved 24 March 2014.