Blin is a Central Cushitic languages with about 70,000 speakers in and
around the city of Keren in Eritrea. Blin is also known as Bilin,
Bilen, Bogo, Bogos, Bilayn, Balen, Beleni, Belen, Bilein, Bileno
and North Agaw.
It is written with a version of the Ge'ez script developed by
missionaries in the late 19th century. The first text in Blin was
published in 1882. In 1985 the Eritrean People's Liberation Front
decided to use the Latin alphabet for Blin and other minority languages
in Eritrea. In 1993 the government set up a committee to standardize
the Blin language and the Latin-based orthography.