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Moheli (Comoros)


Last modified: 2006-03-18 by antonio martins
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Yellow with white crescent and black stripe

Moheli flag
image by Jaume Ollé, 28 Jan 2004

According my references, the flag is vertical dark and yellow (dark about 1/4 of the flag) probably black and yellow. Some info appear in Flag Report 36 [frp].
Jaume Ollé, 06 Aug 2003

Apparently, the island constitution of Mwali (Moheli) says nothing about flags; no “drapeau” nor “emblème” in
António Martins, 02 Apr 2003

Yellow with red star

Moheli flag
image by Eric Milan and António Martins, 15 May 2004

I am just coming back from Moheli island, and I can tell you that the Moheli Flag displayed on many websites is false; I enclose some photographs I made to confirm the exact aspect: I can swear that the flag was yellow with red star.
Eric Milan, 04 Dec 2003

There is no Moheli flag anywhere on public buildings in Moheli; I found only 3 flags on the whole island:

  • Hand drawn flag in the office of the MAMWE (Electricity and Water Company) Director
  • Hand sewn (incorrect) flag in the same place (star with 4 branches instead of 5)
  • Hand Sewn flag posted on the front of the President FAZUL Official Car (But I was prevented to take photos due to the fear of the mercenaries)
Eric Milan, 04 Dec 2003

Four point variant

Moheli flag
image by Eric Milan and António Martins, 15 May 2004

Hand sewn (incorrect) flag in the office of the MAMWE (Electricity and Water Company) Director (star with 4 branches instead of 5). I saw it at the director’s desk, a hand made flag of Moheli. But he admitted that his wife forgot a branch of the star when sewing this flag.
Eric Milan, 04 Dec 2003

Separatist flag of 1997.08.11-28

Moheli flag
image by Ivan Sache, 13 Oct 1997 and 10 Oct 2002

It seems that the self-proclaimed Democratic Republic of Mwali lasted only from 11 to 28 August 1997.
Ivan Sache, 20 Apr 2002

Country: Moheli Island, Archipelago of Comoros
Status: Self-proclamated independent state (unrecognized)
Date: 1997.08.11-?
Usage: Unofficial “national” flag
Ratio: 3:2
Source: Franciae Vexilla 6/52 (1997.09) [frv]
Accuracy: High
Ivan Sache, 13 Oct 1997

Also shown as «Flag of MWALI» at
Gvido Petersons, 04 Apr 2003

Incorrect report?

Moheli is taking the same path as Anjouan. The French flag was attempted raised for the French national day 14 June and today, 6 August, NANDO Times reported that «The separatists in Fomboni, the main town on Moheli, also hoisted the yellow-and-black flag of Queen Fatima Djoumbe, the last ruler of Moheli before colonization by France.» As usual, no design details are offered.

  • “Separatists on Comoran island Moheli follow lead of Anjouan”, NANDO Times, Global Briefs, 6 August 1997
  • “Barrages et drapeaux français à Moheli”, Le Journal de L’Île, 6 August 1997
Jan Oskar Engene, 06 Aug 1997

The flag used by Fatima Djumbe is shown by Calvarin [clv02]: it was yellow and red, not yellow and black.
Ivan Sache, 20 Apr 2002

A red flag with a yellow hoist stripe, is at labelled «11 Aug 1997 - 1998; Re-adopted 10 Mar 2002». This might be a mistake, for the flag actually adopted in 2002 — which in turn is yellow-and-black…
António Martins, 08 Oct 2002 and 29 Jan 2004

Other flags in Moheli

The flag of Grande Comore can be seen on all official buildings in Moheli, because the island is also the head of the union and there is a conflict between the island and the union governments.
Eric Milan, 04 Dec 2003