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Burundi Flag

The three stars in the centre of the flag officially refer to the three words in the national motto 'Unity, Work, Progress'. The three stars are also said to represent the three ethnic groups who live in Burundi: the Hutu, Tutsi and the Twa. The red in the flag stands for the independence struggle, the green for hope and the white for peace.

The flag was adopted in 1967. From 1962, when Burundi achieved independence from Belgium, until 1966 the country flew a similar flag, but in the centre was a drum, called the Karyenda, a traditional emblem of the Mwami (king). There was also a sorghum plant, placed in front of the Karyenda. When the monarchy was overthrown in 1966, these symbols were abandoned. Of the three ethnic groups in Burundi, The pigmy Twa have all but disappeared, and the Tutsi and Hutu have been in an ongoing bloody power struggle since independence in 1962.

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