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Flag of Rwanda

Rwanda
Ratio 2:3
Adoption 2001
Design A horizontal tricolour of blue (double width), yellow and green; charged with a sun-yellow sun in the upper-hoist side corner. [0]
Colors
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History

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 had become associated with the brutality of the 1994 genocide.

The flag was designed by Alphonse Kirimobenecyo. [0]

Meaning

The blue band represents happiness and peace, the yellow band symbolizes economic development, and the green band symbolizes the hope of prosperity. The sun represents enlightenment. [0]