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Burkino Fasso Flag

Burkina Faso was once known as Upper Volta. The red, green and yellow of this flag are the pan-African colours, and they signify fellowship with other ex-colonial African nations. They also have another interpretation: red, the symbol of revolutionary concern to transform the country; green, symbolizing hope and abundance; and yellow to symbolize the undiscovered mineral resources.

The star is thought to represent either freedom or revolution. The flag was adopted on 4th August 1984, after the coup of 1983, that brought the mixed military-civilian government of Captain Thomas Sankara to power, which resulted in the country's change of name. Burkina Faso means "The Land of the Honest People" or "The Republic of Upright People". Sankara himself was thrown out in a coup four years later by Captain Blaise Compaore.

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