The singer and lyricist whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (Abel Makkonen Tesfaye) said on Sunday that he will donate US$1 million to Ethiopia’s disaster relief work through the United Nations World Food Program.
A recent CNN investigation found that men in Ethiopian military uniforms executed unarmed men in Tigray. An investigation led by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was also published on Thursday, confirming a massacre near Mahibere Dego in the mountains of central Tigray.
On Friday, the Ethiopian government rejected the evidence of these allegations.
“Innocent civilians from Ethiopia were mercilessly murdered, and the entire village was displaced by fear and destruction. My heart was shocked for the Ethiopian people,” “Weekend” with parents from Ethiopia in his Instagram and Twitter accounts.
“I will donate 1 million U.S. dollars to provide 2 million meals through the United Nations World Food Program, and encourage those who are able to also help.”
The violence in Ethiopia has been going on since November. When Ahmed claimed that TPLF had attacked a federal military base, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) Carry out an attack.
The United Nations announced on March 25 that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission will launch a joint investigation into possible crimes.
The United Nations World Food Program pointed out that “the outbreak of the conflict coincided with the peak harvest season (Ethiopia), which means loss of employment and income, market disruption, rising food prices, and difficulty in obtaining cash and fuel.” The United Nations reported, The Ethiopian government estimates that by the end of this year, 4.5 million people will need “life-saving” assistance.
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The singer announced on social media in August last year that he would donate US$300,000 to the Global Lebanon Aid Movement to help the victims of the Beirut bombing that killed more than 200 people.
Following the death of George Floyd in May last year, The Weeknd also asked the Black Lives Matter Global Network, Colin Kaepernick’s “Know Your Rights” “The battalion and the National Bail Out Collective donated US$500,000.
He also cooperated with TikTok to conduct a live broadcast on August 7th and raised more than $350,000 for the “Equality and Justice Initiative” by selling limited items.
CNN’s Bethlehem Feleke, Eliza Mackintosh, Gianluca Mezzofiore, Katie Polglase, and Nima Elbagir contributed to this report.