Rwanda Coat of Arms
Like many other African countries,Rwanda formation of statehood was quite a difficult process. First colonized in 1892, first the kingdom of Rwanda became part of German East Africa and then came under Belgian domination. Only September 25, 1961 the country finally managed to achieve independence and become firmly established within its borders. Also during this time it was presented modern flag and emblem of Rwanda. The latter was used until 2001, when it was replaced by an updated version.
Modern coat of arms
The modern version of the coat of arms was designed andapproved in 2001. The new Government of Rwanda considered that the emblem of the old color is too strongly reminiscent of the previous brutal regime, which the nation's painful to remember. Therefore, at this time, we decided to develop the symbolism, completely made in the colors of the national flag.
The central place in the logo takesblue-blue wheel with teeth, which is a symbol of the free labor of all breeding classes for the benefit of the state. Around the wheel are located branches of coffee tree and sorghum - the main agricultural resources of Rwanda. Sale of these products now brings the lion's share of the national income. Colors same - blue, yellow and green symbolizes peace, development and the country's wealth of nature.
Also present on the coat of arms and motto. It is inscribed on a yellow ribbon at the bottom of the logo, and point to the foundation of the new state - unity, work and patriotism.
The history of Rwanda Coat of Arms
Previous coat of arms, which existed from 1962 to 2001 significantly different from the present. Outwardly, he was an emblem located on the background of two red-yellow-green banners. They symbolize the world, the nation's hope for the future and development of people.
Prior to that, in a short period from 1959-1962 in the course was the old coat of arms of the Kingdom of Rwanda. It depicts the traditional lion East African crane and basket - Rwanda's national wealth.
In the days of the Mandate territory on the arms of thecountries were represented universal attributes such as a shield, spears, lion's head and a crane. So no special unique coat of arms of Rwanda could not boast.
There was one more coat of arms, which was used in theas a state at the time of a finding of Rwanda as part of German East Africa (Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania). From traditional African symbols used here only the lion's head, while the much more noticeable were the eagle of the Weimar Republic and the monarch crown.