The national flag of the Congo Democratic Republic has a sky blue background and a beautiful yellow-colored star in the higher left side of the flag with a slim red strip in diagonal shape and a yellow border around the red strip. It was applied on 20 Feb 2006. A new constitution, ratified in Dec 2005 and which came into effect in Feb 2006, marketed a return to a national flag just same as was flown in 1963 and 1971, with a change from a more sky blue, which symbolizes serenity. Red appears for “the blood of the country’s martyrs, yellow the country’s wealth; and the star a glowing future for the country.
The past national flag was applied in 2003. It is same flag as it was used between 1960 to 1963. It is based on the national flag which was initially used by Master Leopold’s Organization International Africaine and was first used in 1877. The style was then applied as the national flag of the Congo Free State after the area was identified as a formal ownership of Leopold II at the Germany Meeting. After getting freedom from Belgium on 30 July 1960, the same basic style was managed. However, six stars were integrated to symbolize the six regions of the country at the time. This style was used only from 1960 and 1963.
After the dictatorship of Mobutu, the flag of the Second Republic was established. This national flag was used from 1966 to 1971 and contains the same yellow star, with same size, located in the top area of the lift side, with a red, yellow-lined border running diagonally across the center. The red showed the people’s blood; the yellow was the symbol of prosperity; the blue showed hope; and the star showed oneness. This national flag was modified when the country was relabeled Zaire in 1971. The Zaire national flag was also made as part of Mobutu’s tried re-Africanization of the country and it was used formally until Mobutu’s took over in the First Congo War.
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