Canadian recording artiste, The Weeknd real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye has revealed that he has donated the sum of $1 million to support starving women and children in Ethiopia.
The singer-songwriter, whose parents are from Ethiopia and whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye; he said that he will donate to Ethiopian relief efforts through the UN World Food Programme.
Thousands of civilians are believed to have been killed, raped and abused; during the course of Ethiopia’s war with the Tigray region of the country.
“My heart breaks for my people of Ethiopia as innocent civilians ranging from small children to the elderly are being senselessly murdered and entire villages are being displaced out of fear and destruction,” The Weeknd, said on his Instagram and Twitter accounts on Sunday, April 4.
“I will be donating $1 million to provide 2 million meals; through the United Nations World Food Programme and encourage those who can to please give as well.”
This isn’t the first time The Weeknd has contributed to a cause; as he donated $300,000 to the global Aid for Lebanon campaign last August to help victims of an explosion in Beirut that killed over 200 people.
He also donated $500,000 to racial justice groups: the Black Lives Matter Global Network; Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp; as well as the National Bail Out Collective following the killing of George Floyd.