The Weeknd donates million to fight hunger in Ethiopia

April 07, 2021

The Weeknd has announced that it is donating $ 1 million to fight hunger in Ethiopia.

The money will provide two million meals to those in need of food aid amid the ongoing conflict between the government and the province of Tigray.

"My heart breaks for the people of Ethiopia as innocent civilians, from young children to the elderly, are senselessly murdered and entire villages are displaced by fear and destruction," the 31-year-old singer wrote on Instagram.

"I will donate $ 1 million to donate 2 million meals through the United Nations World Food Program and encourage those who can make donations," he added.

The crisis in Tigray province has caused thousands of deaths and millions of people have been displaced.

The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, was born in Canada but is the son of two immigrants from Ethiopia and grew up speaking Amharic, the official language of the African country.

In June 2020, The Weeknd donated $ 1 million to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, as well as $ 500,000 to non-profit organizations dedicated to racial equality. He also donated $ 300,000 to the victims of the deadly and devastating explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, last August.

According to the website of the United Nations World Food Program, the escalation of the conflict in Tigray last November coincided with the peak harvest season, leading to job and income losses, market disruption and rising food prices. access to cash and fuel.

The United Nations aims to support 1.4 million people who are vulnerable "before it is too late".