Magazine article Geographical

Geographical Flags of the World: Yemen

Magazine article Geographical

Geographical Flags of the World: Yemen

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DESCRIPTION A rectangular tricolour banner made up of equal, horizontal stripes of red, white and black. HISTORY Yemen's first flag, adopted by the north in 1927, was red with a white sword running horizontally across the centre. The sword was bordered by five white stars, representing the five pillars of Islam.

In 1962, Yemen divided into two countries. The flag of South Yemen featured red, white and black bands, with a blue triangle on the hoist side, representing the Yemeni people. In the centre of the blue triangle was a red star, representing the socialist ruling party. The North Yemeni flag was very similar, featuring the same tricolour bands, this time with a green star, symbolising Arab unity, placed at the centre of the white strip. When the two countries were reunited in 1990, the unified state adopted the tricolour flag that both had shared.

INTERPRETATION Red, white and black are three of the four pan-Arabic colours (the other being green), which are also used in the Syrian, Egyptian, Afghan and Iraqi flags. …

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