The Weeknd says he will donate $ 1 million to Ethiopia

(CNN) — Grammy winner The Weeknd is donating $ 1 million to help Ethiopians amid the violence facing the country.

The singer-songwriter, whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, said Sunday that he will make his donation through the UN World Food Program.

During the course of the five-month conflict in Ethiopia, thousands of civilians are believed to have been murdered, raped and abused.

A recent CNN investigation found that men dressed in Ethiopian Army uniforms executed unarmed men in Tigray. A BBC-led investigation also published on Thursday corroborated the same massacre near Mahibere Dego, a mountainous area in central Tigray.

On Friday, the Government of Ethiopia dismissed the evidence for these claims.

“My heart breaks for my people in Ethiopia as innocent civilians, from young children to the elderly, are senselessly murdered and entire villages are displaced by fear and destruction,” said The Weeknd. The artist’s parents, who made the announcement through their Twitter e Instagram, they are from Ethiopia.

“I am going to donate US $ 1 million to provide two million meals through the United Nations World Food Program and I encourage those who can to please give as well,” he wrote.

The situation facing Ethiopia

Violence has persisted in Ethiopia since November. At the time, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered attacks on the Tigray People’s Liberation Front after report that they had attacked a federal military base.

The UN announced on March 25 that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission were launching a joint investigation into possible crimes.

The UN World Food Program declared that ‘the outbreak of conflict coincided with (Ethiopia’s) peak harvest season, which means jobs and income were lost, markets were disrupted, food prices rose, and access to money and money became very difficult. fuel”. The Government of Ethiopia estimated that 4.5 million people need “vital” assistance by the end of this year, reported la ONU.

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Causes The Weeknd Supports

This is not the first time The Weeknd has contributed to a cause.

The singer donated $ 300,000 to the global Aid for Lebanon campaign last August. The goal was to help the victims of the explosion in Beirut that left more than 200 dead, according to reported your manager.

Following George Floyd’s death in May, The Weeknd also donated $ 500,000 to racial justice groups. The Black Lives Matter Global Network, Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp, and the National Bail Out Collective received the artist’s support.

The Weeknd too partnered with TikTok for a live broadcast on August 7 in which more than $ 350,000 was raised for the Equal Justice Initiative. The collection was made through the sale of merchandising limited.

CNN’s Bethlehem Feleke, Eliza Mackintosh, Gianluca Mezzofiore, Katie Polglase and Nima Elbagir contributed to this report.

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