Monday, 13 July 2009
Burkina Faso - Current
The flag of Burkina Faso consists of two equal horizontal bands of red and green, red on the top. A five pointed yellow star is placed in the centre. The flag was adopted on 4th August 1984 following the coup of 1983 which brought Thomas Sankara to power. The flag is in the pan-African colours, reflecting both a break with the country’s colonial past and its unity with other African ex-colonies.
The symbolism of the colours are given as follows. The red is said to represent, the revolutionary struggle or “…the blood shed yesterday, today and tomorrow by the martyrs of the Revolution to ensure the victory. Moreover, red represents all the sacrifices of the Burkinabe people.” The green, hope and abundance or “…agricultural wealth of the country. Moreover, green symbolizes plenty, which shall ensure the happiness of the people.”  The yellow star mineral wealth or the “…ideological guide of the People’s and Democratic Revolution in its shining progress.”
 Translated from French, Constitution Du Burkina Faso, The Government of Burkina Faso, http://unpan1.un.org/intradoc/groups/public/documents/CAFRAD/UNPAN002916.pdf
 Whitney Smith, Flag lore of all nations, Millbrook Press, 2002.
 Ivan Sache, Flags of the World, http://flagspot.net/flags/bf.html
 Rouamba Adama, Sidwaya newspaper, 12th December 2004.
[fig1] António Martins, Flags of the World, http://flagspot.net/flags/bf.html