By FARWA RAZA / inspiredtraveler.ca
The Canadian artist is known for his selfless works:—
Abel Makkonen Tesfaye:–better known as The Weeknd, is one of the most prominent singers of recent years. His music made him famous all over the world and although he has had friction with members of the Recording Academy, he has also become known for his charisma and recently received the tragic news that keeps him devastated.
The Weeknd donated $ 1 million to Ethiopia’s hunger relief efforts amid the country’s ongoing conflict that has resulted in thousands of deaths. This was announced through his social networks: “My heart breaks for my people in Ethiopia because innocent civilians, from young children to the elderly, are being senselessly murdered and entire villages are being displaced,” he said.
The singer of hits like ” Blinding Lights ” son of two Ethiopian immigrants, but born in Toronto said he was willing to donate 1 million dollars to provide aid to those most in need. As mentioned in his publication, the aid will come through the United Nations World Food Program. In addition, he promised: “I will encourage those who can to contribute as well.”
The Weeknd, for his part, is no stranger to donations for humanitarian efforts. In June 2020, the singer donated $ 1 million to a pandemic relief fund. That same month, amid national protests of racial injustice following George Floyd’s death, he donated 200,000 to Black Lives Matter Global Network, another 200,000 to the Camp Colin Kaepernick Know Your Rights Legal Defense Initiative, and 100,000 to the National Bail Out.
According to international media reports, the conflict in Ethiopia began in November last year after the regional government launched a large-scale siege on a military base in Sero. This caused thousands of deaths and the displacement of more than 2 million people due to the tensions generated.