No matter who you are, the past year has been one of critical change, challenge, and reevaluation as we all have had to contend with the stress and strife of a global pandemic, toxic political climate, enduring racism, and yes, continuing to manage our day-to-day lives.
This fall, we wrote 12 Flag of the Week articles with countries from the Americas, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.
This week, we’re taking a deep dive into another African country, Ghana! Ghana is located in West Africa, and the name Ghana translates to “warrior king” in the Soninke language. Its flag has three equal horizontal bands of red, yellow, and green from top to bottom. There is a black five-point star in the center of the yellow band. The red represents the people’s fight for independence, the yellow represents the gold and mineral wealth of the earth, and the green represents the vegetation.
Selam! This week, we’re taking you back to the Red Sea, but this time, to the African shores of Eritrea.
This week we travel to El Salvador! With a population of almost 7 million people, El Salvador is the most densely populated country in the Central Americas. It shares borders with Honduras and Guatemala and has a beautiful Pacific Ocean coastline. The country’s capital and largest city is San Salvador, and the country is divided into 14 departments, which are then divided into 262 municipalities.
For this week’s flag of the week, let’s turn back the clock and dive into Yemen’s rich historical past.
This week, we travel to Latvia in northeastern Europe, the middle of the three Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania). Latvia borders the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Riga, with Estonia to the north, Russia to the East, Belarus to the southeast, and Lithuania to the south. Latvia also has one of the world’s oldest flags (only surpassed by Denmark)! Its current flag has been in use since 1280.
Some consider the chilly weather to be the herald of autumn, while others consider it to be the changing color of leaves. According to Dr. Zhaochen Luo and Ms. Audrey Fenske, though, one of the true markers of the new season is enjoying a meal in the company of good friends.
For this week’s flag of the week, we’re taking you to the heart of Africa: Zambia. This landlocked nation is bordered by eight countries, of which include the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Malawi to the east, Zimbabwe to the south, and Angola to the west. The capital city of Zambia is Lusaka, which is home to almost 3 million inhabitants. As of 2020, approximately 17.4 million people live in Zambia.
Mask your face (not your voice), selective org planning pause, and #FindSanctuary with Duke Chapel
10 OR FEWER (YES, STILL)
While North Carolina regulations have recently changed, all Duke students are still required to adhere to university requirements limiting informal gatherings indoors or outdoors to 10 persons or fewer. These precautions should be practiced both on campus and off! The discipline you've shown so far is the reason we've been able to continue our classes and student life on campus. Keep up the good work!
Duke Gardens REMINDER
While many of us here in Durham would love an afternoon spent wandering Duke Gardens, sharing a gentle reminder that the gardens remain closed. Only very limited student access is permitted, and only for approved academic purposes through reservation by faculty or staff.
Goods news though—Duke has lots of other open green space to study or hang out in on campus while getting your nature fix!