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Flag of South Sudan

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 of South Sudan is older than the country itself, as the flag was adopted in 2005, while the country became independent in 2011.

When Sudan became independent in 1956, the predominantly Christian people living in the south of the country had no regional symbols, while the already dominant Muslim north displayed Islamic symbols on the national flag. Before independence, the British government had arranged for appropriate local symbols for the regions in Sudan, but the new government in independent Sudan had opposed the use of these symbols as being counterproductive to fostering national unity.

From the outset, the southern Sudanese felt discriminated against by the Islamic north. The southerners fought a drawn out and bloody civil war to gain their independence, followed by a peace agreement in 2005 that included a referendum on independence in the south. The referendum was passed with overwhelming support in 2011, and South Sudan became officially independent on July 9 that same year. In the 1990s, during their struggle with the north, the southern Sudanese had created a banner of independence, which would become the new national flag.

The flag bears striking similarities with both the flags of Sudan 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 Sudan and South Sudan is that there is a yellow star inside the blue triangle that represents the unity of South Sudan.

In an illustration of the contrasting regional orientation of the two Sudans, the flag of Sudan shares the stripes of the Egyptian flag, while the flag of South Sudan shares the stripes of the Kenyan flag.

The Southern Sudanese government specifies that the colours of the flag are there to represent these descriptions of South Sudan:

* Black: Represents the people of South Sudan.

* Red: Represents blood that was shed for the independence of the country.

* Green: Represents the country's agricultural, natural wealth, land, as well as progress

* White: Represents South Sudan's peace attained after many years of the liberation struggle.
National flag 
Flag of South Sudan

Country - South Sudan

South Sudan, officially known as the Republic of South Sudan, is a landlocked country in East-Central Africa. The country gained its independence from the Republic of the Sudan in 2011, making it the newest country with widespread recognition. Its capital and largest city is Juba.

South Sudan is bordered by Sudan to the north, Ethiopia to the east, Kenya to the southeast, Uganda to the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the southwest and the Central African Republic to the west. It includes the vast swamp region of the Sudd, formed by the White Nile and known locally as the Bahr al Jabal, meaning "Mountain Sea". Sudan was occupied by Egypt under the Muhammad Ali dynasty and was governed as an Anglo-Egyptian condominium until Sudanese independence in 1956. Following the First Sudanese Civil War, the Southern Sudan Autonomous Region was formed in 1972 and lasted until 1983. A second Sudanese civil war soon broke out, ending in 2005 with the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Later that year, southern autonomy was restored when an Autonomous Government of Southern Sudan was formed. South Sudan became an independent state on 9 July 2011, following 98.83% support for independence in a January 2011 referendum.
Neighbourhood - Country  

  •  Central African Republic 
  •  Democratic Republic of the Congo 
  •  Ethiopia 
  •  Kenya 
  •  Sudan 
  •  Uganda 

Language

Flag of South Sudan (English)  Bandiera del Sudan del Sud (Italiano)  Vlag van Zuid-Soedan (Nederlands)  Drapeau du Soudan du Sud (Français)  Flagge des Südsudan (Deutsch)  Bandeira do Sudão do Sul (Português)  Флаг Южного Судана (Русский)  Bandera de Sudán del Sur (Español)  Flaga Sudanu Południowego (Polski)  南蘇丹國旗 (中文)  Sydsudans flagga (Svenska)  Drapelul Sudanului de Sud (Română)  南スーダンの国旗 (日本語)  Прапор Південного Судану (Українська)  Национално знаме на Южен Судан (Български)  남수단의 국기 (한국어)  Etelä-Sudanin lippu (Suomi)  Bendera Sudan Selatan (Bahasa Indonesia)  Pietų Sudano vėliava (Lietuvių)  Sydsudans flag (Dansk)  Vlajka Jižního Súdánu (Česky)  Güney Sudan bayrağı (Türkçe)  Застава Јужног Судана (Српски / Srpski)  Lõuna-Sudaani lipp (Eesti)  Vlajka Južného Sudánu (Slovenčina)  Dél-Szudán zászlaja (Magyar)  Zastava Južnog Sudana (Hrvatski)  ธงชาติเซาท์ซูดาน (ไทย)  Σημαία του Νότιου Σουδάν (Ελληνικά) 
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