The Berber flag (Berber language: Akenyal Amaziɣ, ⴰⴾⴻⵏⵢⴰⵍ ⴰⵎⴰⵣⵉⵗ) is a flag that has been adopted by many Berber populations including protestors, cultural and political activists. It is currently used by Berber political and cultural activists and organizations in 10 African countries,namely: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Egypt and the Canary Islands.
As a Vexillologist I occasionally am asked to give my opinion on a flag design for a city. I watch as groups of people attempt to translate onto a piece of cloth how they see and feel,about their city. They utilize colors and symbols to show the world who they are. Some new flags are creative and interesting while most are not. The poorly designed flags use words or seals/mottos that leave nothing to the imagination.
The Berber flag represents a cultural group of people attempting to maintain their identity in a land where state governments are forcibly squashing not only individual rights but stopping existence.
Each colour corresponds to an aspect of Tamazgha, the territory inhabited by the Berbers in North Africa:
- Blue represents the sea.
- Green represents the Tell and the north of Tamazgha.
- Yellow represents the vastness of the desert.
- The red of the letter Z (ⵣ in Tifinagh) represents the freedom of the Imazighen.
- The Berber flag thus symbolizes the entire Amazigh people, living in harmony with their land, Tamazgha.
I have it in my collection as an example of what a good flag could look like.
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