September 5, 2020
In 1982 ABSHA was registered with the State of Colorado, USA and Ethiopian Computers & Software was added as an Ethiopic software company. Since then Dr. Aberra Molla, its CEO has computerized Ethiopic and received four USA and three Ethiopian patents.
In spite of these, Ethiopic and its user-languages have been under attack from different directions. With the false excuse that the Ethiopic characters were too many, there were numerous attempts over the last century to reduce the number of characters that existed for thousands of years. Some even cut the characters themselves to pieces. In an attempt to weaken the Amharic language, certain groups of people were discouraged not to talk or write in Amharic. Instead, using Latin alphabets was highly encouraged.
Ethiopic Foundation which was established on April 4, 2016 has recently been reorganized with 13 board members. The aim of the Foundation is to nurture Ge’ez and the several Ethiopian languages that use it. Computerizing the Ge’ez alphabet scientifically, is one of the goals of the Foundation so that all of its user languages could easily utilize the available technology.
Computerizing the Ge’ez and the many languages using it and protecting the invention with several patents was a daunting task that Dr. Molla has single-handedly undertaken for the last 38 years.
To encourage Ge’ez to be widely used and recognizing those who promoted it is another goal of the Foundation. Holding annual meetings to broaden users and supporters is also one of its duties. The Ethiopic alphabet is probably the best user-friendly writing system that has a character for practically any phoneme or sound. Promoting the Ge’ez alphabet as a writing system for African languages is one of the objectives to be pursued by the Foundation with Amharic as a common language.
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