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The Weeknd Donates $1 Million To Relief Efforts In Ethiopia

The Weeknd is moving on from his drama with the Grammys, and he’s turning all that negative energy into a positive force.

It was reported this week that the 31-year-old singer donated $1 million to relief efforts in Ethiopia amid the ongoing battle between the government in Addis Ababa and the Tigray region.

The conflict has resulted in the deaths of thousands and the displacement of more than two million people, according to NPR. Last month, the New York Times obtained an internal U.S. government report that said Ethiopian officials are ‘leading a systematic campaign’ of ethnic cleansing’ in the Tigray region.

The Weeknd made the donation announcement on his Instagram, presumably to bring more awareness to the situation.

He wrote on his post…

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. 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 is close to The Weeknd’s heart because both his parents immigrated to Canada from Ethiopia. He actually grew up speaking the official language of Ethiopia.

Of course, this isn’t the first time The Weeknd has offered to help during times of need. Back in June of 2020, he donated $1 million to COVID-19 relief. In that same month, he gave $500,000 to racial injustice causes like Black Lives Matter and Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights camp.

Good on him. If you’d also like to help out the people in Ethiopia, you can click on this link.


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