The flag of Somalia was officially adopted on October 12, 1954. The blue field is the same shade used by the United Nations. The five-pointed white "Star of Unity" is symbolic of the Somali race found in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and the former associated British and Italian colonies.
In 1969, a coup headed by Mohamed SIAD Barre brought about a socialist rule filled with persecution, jailing and torture of political opponents and dissidents. The regime collapsed in early in 1991, taking Somalia into turmoil, factional fighting, and anarchy. However after much fighting, thing are now on there way to an organized country.