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THE WEEKND DONATES $1M TO ETHIOPIA


The Weeknd is feeling generous yet again. This time, the singer is giving back to his homeland of Ethiopia. On Sunday (April 4), The Weeknd stated he was donating $1 million in food aid support to Ethiopia’s government conflict in Addis Ababa and the region of Tigray.


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 devastation,” he wrote. “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.”


An NPR report states more than two million people have been affected due to the issue, which has resulted in thousands of deaths. The New York Times reported the Ethiopian government is “leading a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing.”


Both The Weeknd’s parents, Makkonen and Samra Tesfaye were born in Ethiopia and immigrated to Canada before their son was born.


The Weeknd promised money to various causes throughout 2020 and beyond. He donated $1 million to COVID-19 relief efforts, and then another $500,000 to social justice organizations such as Black Lives Matter, Colin Kaepernick “Know Your Rights Camp, and National Bailout.”


To finish March, The Weeknd announced his membership in NFT (Non-Fungible Token) game and has raised a shocking 2.2 million dollars already in sales, with one for $490,000 being linked to an unreleased single.


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