South Sudan Flag Colors, Meaning & History

South Sudan flag
Color Palette
Black#0000000, 0, 00, 0, 0, 100
White#FFFFFF255, 255, 2550, 0, 0, 0
Red#DA121A218, 18, 260, 92, 88, 15
Green#0789307, 137, 4895, 0, 65, 46
Blue#0F47AF15, 71, 17591, 59, 0, 31
Yellow#FCDD09252, 221, 90, 12, 96, 1

The Flag of South Sudan has three horizontal stripes colored black, red, and green from top to bottom, separated from each other by thin white stripes above and below the red stripe. On the hoist side, there is a blue triangle. Within the blue triangle, there is a yellow star.

Meaning of the Flag of South Sudan

The black color represents the African ancestry of the people and the name of their country. Sudan means black in Arabic. The white represents peace and goodwill. Red symbolizes the blood of the martyrs that was shed for the country.  The green color symbolizes the natural wealth of the country which is agriculture and forests.  It is also for prosperity and progress. The blue triangle is for the Nile River that flows in South Sudan and sustains life. Yellow represents hope and determination.

History of the Flag of South Sudan

South Sudan was part of Sudan. As a Christian Ethnicity that felt discriminated against, the South Sudanese went into a bloody war to become independent. The flag of South Sudan was created in the 1990s when the country was still amid the struggle for independence. A peace agreement was reached in 2005, and the country became independent in 2011. The flag that was designed to represent South Sudan before independence was retained and became the official flag of the country. It was hoisted for the first time on July 9, 2011.