The Flag of Somalia

The flag of Somalia features a light blue field with a white five-pointed star in the center. The light blue base represents the sky and the Indian Ocean, which borders Somalia, while the white star symbolizes African freedom. The star's five points represent the regions inhabited by the Somali people: Djibouti, the Ogaden region in Ethiopia, the North Eastern Province in Kenya, and the former British and Italian Somaliland, which now make up Somalia.

The Flag of Somalia

History

The flag of Somalia was officially adopted on October 12, 1954, prior to the country's independence. The design was created by Mohammed Awale Liban, who was inspired by the United Nations' flag, as the UN played a significant role in Somalia's transition to independence. The light blue background is also a tribute to the UN. Somalia gained independence on July 1, 1960, through the unification of the Trust Territory of Somaliland (formerly Italian Somaliland) and the State of Somaliland (formerly British Somaliland). Since its adoption, the flag has come to symbolize national unity and the aspirations of the Somali people for self-determination and sovereignty.