The Weeknd announced he is donating $1 million to relief efforts in Ethiopia amid the ongoing conflict in the African country.
The singer announced his donation via Instagram on Sunday morning and this is not the first time The Weeknd has aided a humanitarian cause. In June 2020, he donated $1 million to COVID-19 relief, giving $500,000 each to MusiCares and the front-line hospital workers of Scarborough Health Network in his hometown.
“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 Super Bowl half-time singer, 31, wrote on Instagram on Sunday. “I will be donating $1 million to provide 2 million meals through the United Nations World Food Program and encourage those who can to please give as well.”
The Weeknd, who was born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye in Canada, is the son of Ethiopian immigrants Makkonen and Samra Tesfaye.
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.
In August 2020, The Weeknd also donated $300,000 to Global Aid for Lebanon to help those affected by the Beirut explosion.