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The Weeknd Contributes $1 Million to Ethiopian Relief Efforts

The Weeknd announced on Sunday that he would contribute $1 million to Ethiopian relief efforts, where thousands have died and over a million people have been displaced due to an ongoing conflict between the government and the Tigray region.

On Sunday, Abel Tesfaye, the Toronto-born son of two Ethiopian immigrants, wrote on Instagram, "My heart breaks for my citizens 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 devastation."

“I will be contributing $1 million to the United Nations World Food Program to provide 2 million meals, and I urge those who can to please give as well,” he said, offering a connection for his fans to donate.

“The outbreak of violence in Tigray last November coincided with peak harvest season, resulting in lost jobs and wages, disrupted markets, an increase in food prices, and reduced access to cash and fuel,” according to the United Nations World Food Programme, which aims to “support 1.4 million of these vulnerable people until it's too late.”

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During the coronavirus pandemic in June 2020, the Weeknd contributed $1 million to Covid-19 relief, with $500,000 going to MusiCares and $500,000 going to a hospital in Ontario, Canada. Tesfaye has donated $300,000 to a fund to assist those affected by the devastating explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, two months later.