By: The PH Team
Abkhazia is an unrecognized country in the Caucasus region. Internationally recognized as part of Georgia, the country declared independence from Georgia in July 1992.
Before becoming a part of independent Georgia, Abkhazia was an autonomous region, the Abkhaz Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic within the Georgian SSR.
The flag of Abkhazia was officially adopted in July 1992, after the Abkhazian declaration of independence.
Each part of the flag has a specific meaning and the design is based on the banner of the medieval Kingdom of Abkhazia.
The hand symbol on the flag means - "hello to friends, stop to enemies!"
The seven stars on the flag represent the seven historical regions of Abkhazia and a number that is also sacred to the Abkhaz people.
Lastly, the green and white stripes represent the historical coexistence of Islam and Christianity in the country. Green of course representing Islam and white representing Christianity.