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Guinea-Bissau Flag

In August 1961 the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde adopted a flag in the Pan-African colours of green yellow and red, with the party initials (PAIGC) beneath a black star. Guinea-Bissau unilaterally proclaimed independence in 1973, and the state was recognized by Portugal a year later. The current flag was adopted in 1973, but without the initials beneath the star.

The Party and its role in independence are still recognized with the black star. The colours represent the physical features of the country (forests, savannahs etc) but are said to also have other symbolism: red standing for the suffering under colonial rule and the blood shed in the struggle for independence, yellow symbolizing the fruits of labour that contribute to wellbeing, the green represents the tropical forests and the hope for a bright future.

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