On March 21, 1990, after years of struggle, the South African flag was lowered and the flag of Namibia, a newly independent state, was raised. Determined to enable the people of this territory to live in freedom and peace, the United Nations established the United Nations Transition Assistance Group (U.N.T.A.G.). This group worked very hard to create the political conditions for free and fair elections. Their efforts proved successful when in November 1989, 97% of the electorate voted in a peaceful election. A fully democratic constitution was approved in February, and March 20, 1990, was the official date of independence. The stamps in this issue are adapted by Rocco J. Callari and Robert Stein of the United States from photographs taken in Namibia by John Isaac of India.