Years later, after Fesseha moved to the United States and became an engineer working for Hewlett-Packard (HP) in the heart of Silicon Valley, he still wanted to continue his writing and had contacted people in Ethiopia to send him an Amharic typewriter. “I discovered that it was a capital crime to smuggle an Amharic typewriter out of Ethiopia,” Fesseha says.
“It was a political punishment to discourage free expression and dissemination of pamphlets and other material by opponents of the military government of Mengistu Hailemariam.
As the saying goes ‘The pen is mightier than the sword’ so they did not want anybody to have this writing machine.” He adds: “I even contacted Olivetti in Italy that manufactured Amharic typewriters for the Ethiopian market.
They told me that they had a contractual obligation with the Ethiopian government not to sell the typewriters outside of Ethiopia.” “Necessity is the mother of invention” Fesseha says, explaining that he decided instead to develop a software using the Ethiopic alphabet.
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The documentary (The Journey), directed by Aida Ashenafi won first place in this year’s competition.
Today, however, Ethiopic script is ubiquitous and is used in many applications including in our communication via text messages and on social media.
We were curious to find out when and how Ethiopic Script was introduced to modern computers, so we reached out to Ethiopian-American Engineer Fesseha Atlaw, founder of the first Ethiopic software company, Dashen Engineering, and an early pioneer of digitized Ethiopian script.
BBC Legendary Ethiopian Singer Tilahun Gessesse Dies at 68 Monday, 20 April 2009 The popular Ethiopian singer, Tilahun Gessesse, has died at the age of 68.
He had been the most dominant figure in Ethiopian music for more than half a century and will receive a state funeral later this week.