The Weeknd donates $1M for hunger relief to Ethiopia

Grammy award-winning artist The Weeknd is donating $1 million to hunger relief efforts in Ethiopia in the middle of an ongoing crisis between the government in Addis Ababa and the Tigray region, he announced on Sunday.

“My heart breaks for my people of Ethiopia as innocent civilians ranging from small children to elderly are being senselessly murdered and entire villages are being displaced out of fear and destruction,” The Weeknd wrote on Instagram.

The Weeknd, born Abel Tesfaye, is the child of two Ethiopian parents who immigrated to Canada, according to Variety.


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According to NPR, thousands of people have died since the start of the five-month-long conflict, with two million people being displaced.

The Canadian-born singer/songwriter has contributed to other causes.

Last May, The Weeknd donated $500,000 to the National Bail Out Collective, Black Lives Matter Global Network and Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp following the death of George Floyd.

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The following August, he also donated $300,000 to the Global Aid for Lebanon campaign to help victims of an explosion in Beirut that left more than 200 people dead, according to his manager Wassim Slaiby’s Instagram post.

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