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Afar National Regional State
Last modified: 2020-12-26 by bruce berry
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by Miles Li, 07 Nov 2020
The Afar Regional National State is one of
the nine ethnic divisions (kililoch)
of Ethiopia and is the homeland of the
Afar people. It is divided into 5 administrative zones comprising 29 woreda
and one special administrative area. Its current capital is Asayita and a
new capital named Semera is currently under construction. Afar is in the north
east of Ethiopia and borders Eritrea in the north,
Djibouti in the north east, Somali
State in the east, Oromiya State in the south,
Amhara State and Tigray State
in the west.
Bruce Berry, 12 Dec 2010
Flag of Afar
Afar is one of nine ethnic
divisions of Ethiopia and is the homeland of the Afar people. The flag has
a red triangle at the hoist with three horizontal stripes of blue, white and
green in the fly. The regional emblem is placed in the centre of the white
stripe. This design was adopted in 2012 and is a variant of the previous
flag which was used (see below). This can be seen on the
official web page of Afar regional
Jaume Olle, 01 June 2012
Former Flags of Afar
Image by Jaume Ollé, 22 Oct 2000 and resized by António
MARTINS-Tuválkin, 23 Mar 2018
This flag (above) was used by the
regional government until 2012 and was a vertical triband of green, white and blue with the regional
emblem in the centre.
Jaume Ollé, 22 Oct 2000
Image by Jaume Ollé,
14 Jan 1997
A light blue over green flag was reported previously used by the Afar people. Similar colours are used by Djibouti and Eritrea.
Jaume Ollé, 29 July 1999
01 March 2001
According to "Nations Without States" [xxx00],
Adal is the name of an aspirant
entity composed of the Afar and Saho people in Ethiopia,
Eritrea. The flag shown in the book for Adal is that of the Afar
Liberation Front, which is different than the Afar flags shown on FOTW.
This flag is a horizontal tricolor of pale blue,
white and green, bearing a five pointed red star.
Ned Smith, 15 February 2001
image by Dirk Schönberger, 01 March 2001
The book also mentions a traditional Afar-Saho flag - a green or black
field with the Shahada in white and a small white crescent moon and
five pointed star in the upper hoist.
Ned Smith, 15 February 2001
Afar-Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front (ARDUF) - UGUUGUMO
Image by Gvido Petersons, August 2003 as shown at
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